Tag: Blacksmith

Anvil

Anvil

It’s just over 12 months since I spent a day as a blacksmith thanks to a
Christmas experience day gift. I loved the day, taking scrap and off cuts of steel and turning it into a new creation.
Today I moved a step closer to setting up my own forge, I bought an anvil!Anvil

It was an eBay purchase, I believe a bargain at £75, about 12″ tall and 24″ long. It’s currently very rusty and has clearly been stored outside and has some damage to the plate including 2 large chips taken out of each side and a noticeable concave shape to the top but otherwise looks OK and is certainly good enough for my current plans and ability. Damaged Edge
I’ve cleaned the dirt and made an initial attempt at the cleaning the rust with a wire brush and will give it another go soon to get it cleaned up properly. Looking online various sites have information on restoring them and Practical Machinist has a lengthy forum thread discussing the pros and cons.
So far I haven’t decided whether I will restore it fully or simply clean and paint it but I’ll be back with more updates.

Brushed Clean