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Any Blacksmiths here?

Discussion in 'Guns & Shooting' started by Nod4Eight, Dec 2, 2018.

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    It's 110#, but it was my buddies. $220 would not be a bad price for one that size. You can't find them around here. My current one is 70# and not nearly the anvil, but it's going to be tightly secured to a base that weighs about 100#, so it will be solid. As you know, it's all in the weight. Once you get over 100 - 150 lbs it doesn't seem to make that much of a difference imo.
     



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    That's a very weird combo. I've never gotten into leather making but he makes some really good blankets and said if i bring him some elk hide he could make me a badass coat. I've never finished a knife.... I know crazy right but i could still sell them with out the handle on them and still make a profit. some people are really good at putting the handles on knifes but I never was. Now that was 15 years ago so I'm hopping that has changed and I'm more patient now to get it done right.
     
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    True but the only ones around here that I've found have benn 55lbs and 60lbs. they want over $130 for them. I'm to the point now that I may just make my own out of some railroad track.
     
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    I find that I get a little more patient with age, and that's usually coupled with just better quality in general.
     
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    RR track will work, takes a little effort to flatten the top. Go check out a scrap yard and find a decent sized piece of thick steel. I've seen knives made on some "interesting" anvils. The important thing is flat and heavy. It doesn't need to look like the prototypical anvil. Scrap steel here is going for about 35-50 cents a pound.
     
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    I'd love to learn how.
     
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    It's a lot of fun, and can cathartic. There are a lot of places that offer evening class/course. Check it out.
     
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    That's a good idea. I haven't even checked out the scrap yards here yet. Due to a few of them are under shady owners.
    Have you ever worked in just striping wires for brass? I just started hearing that you can make a little bit by stripping the wires for copper and melting them down and selling the ingots by the lb. as pure copper.
     
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    finally found this
     
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    Going to the swap meet this weekend looking for more Copper and brass. Made a killing last weekend with a bunch of loose brass and copper piping and 26lbs of copper wire all for $30.
     
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    nice
    reminds me I need to check prices
    I have several buckets full from metal detecting
     
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    I've wanted to try that one day whenever I go back up to Oregon to visit the farm on the river. There have been lots of floods over the years that I'm sure have dropped off some good stuff on the property. Just no metal detector or time when i do make the trip.
     
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    trying to learn smelting and cupelling
    got this setup but have not used it yet...

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    Very nice. I’m in the process of making my own right now. Waiting till after my move to CO before I build a bigger one. For now I’m just going to smelt copper and some brass and silver.
     
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    All for $15. Just need to clean it up and melt it down. Weighing in at 42.7lbs
     
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    I have a friend who co manages The Crucible in the east bay.
    The staffers,students & volunteers have been commissioned to do projects,displays & stage set ups that involve metal working/welding, blacksmithing, woodworking, foundry,ceramic & glass blowing for various events such as the annual Burning Man festival, and other live events/concerts throughout the bay area (theater,opera, symphony)...as well as museum & art gallery displays. They also offer classes.

    The Crucible (arts education center) - Wikipedia

    Industrial Art Classes in Oakland - The Crucible
     
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    That’s pretty cool and close to where I’m at. If I didn’t hate the Bay Area so much I would like to check it out.
     
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    Off to the swap meet. I’ll post pics of what I find.
     
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    1D44B8F0-71D0-4FD2-B67C-F36278A3B4CD.jpeg @Nod4Eight
    This is that bullshit I was telling you about. 60lbs for 350
     
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