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Worked a little more on the gas forge.

Relocated base stand so burner tube is now straight up from the forge floor. Made the hair drier blower more compact, still need to put a diverter valve inline so air flow to burner can be controled better. Currently using HI and Low fan settings on hair dryer to control air flow. Fitted a firebrick to lay on floor of forge to take the burner blast, cut it from an old pizza cooking stone I had laying around (my cast iron pizza pan works much better than the stone).

Played around some with the forge heating up flat bar and horseshoe nails to time them. Working great so far and happy with the function of the project. I do need to polish the forge build up some to make it more professional in appearance...Paint and polish!

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I got three forges but I do most of my forging cold these days.
I got lucky and I bought a 570 Peter right for $100.00 in great shape.
Check out this neat hammer. Any idea what it was used for?
LUCKY you on the Peter Write anvil!! Prices have gotten outrageous, even for junk anvils around here.

Looks to be a purpose forged hammer. Blacksmith needed to get around, underneath or behind another part of a forging.

wonder if it could be made as a hot former, like a flattener but to make half round shapes??

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Nice Kevin. Seems like just yesterday but in reality it's been almost three years since the"evil minion forge." https://www.mytractorforum.com/230-articles-homemade-farm-ranch-home-projects/1000626-making-blacksmith%92s-forge-out-hot-water-heater-tank.html and https://www.mytractorforum.com/230-articles-homemade-farm-ranch-home-projects/1013082-part-2-making-blacksmith%92s-forge-out-hot-water-tank.html
The pictures of the new setup look great. Like the raised anvil on the stump. Just too bad it wasn't all out under a big old spreading chestnut tree.

Under a spreading chestnut-tree
The village smithy stands;
The smith, a mighty man is he,
With large and sinewy hands;
And the muscles of his brawny arms
Are strong as iron bands.

His hair is crisp, and black, and long,
His face is like the tan;
His brow is wet with honest sweat,
He earns whate'er he can,
And looks the whole world in the face,
For he owes not any man.

Week in, week out, from morn till night,
You can hear his bellows blow;
You can hear him swing his heavy sledge,
With measured beat and slow,
Like a sexton ringing the village bell,
When the evening sun is low.

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Nice Kevin. Seems like just yesterday but in reality it's been almost three years since the"evil minion forge." https://www.mytractorforum.com/230-articles-homemade-farm-ranch-home-projects/1000626-making-blacksmith%92s-forge-out-hot-water-heater-tank.html and https://www.mytractorforum.com/230-articles-homemade-farm-ranch-home-projects/1013082-part-2-making-blacksmith%92s-forge-out-hot-water-tank.html
The pictures of the new setup look great. Like the raised anvil on the stump. Just too bad it wasn't all out under a big old spreading chestnut tree.

MikeC
Hey Mike!

Time is running way out of control for me! My granddaughter just turned 4yrs old, WOW! Seems I was just holding her in one arm and rocking her to sleep. Now she's four going on twenty one.

Still use the minion forge when I want a coal fire, the propane gas forge was built so I could have a more controlled fire for small items and ornamental twisting on square stock.

Read that poem as a boy, I don't recall the author but have always liked it.

Thanks!

Kevin

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