So, I went on a blacksmithing course, thanks to Donna, and after that was impelled to set up to do it in the comfort of my own shed.
I bought an infeasibly large swageblock on eBay:
which Dingbat bravely helped me crane out of my car.
And I bought this lovely old anvil on eBay, which Dingbat bravely helped me get home last night. And we accidentally bought a large crate of rusty hammers, too.
And today, I fired up a tiny forge for the first time.
It's just a firebrick box, a roaring burner from Rex at Hybrid Burners, and a tank of propane.
And it makes me very happy.
Here's the anvil on its new stand. It's 3mm wall steel tube, filled with sand for a bit of damping. I plan to keep a litter of tools underneath it.Home | Artefacts| Forgework