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  1. The other guys beat me to it! It is indeed a coachmakers' anvil, made in 1842. That little side horn is the thing that makes it one. William Fosters are nice, because they are always stamped with the date they were made, which is rare on English anvils. It was made in the area northwest of greater Birmingham, England, called "The Black Country" for all the heavy manufacturing that went in back in the day. Somewhere in the vicinity of Wolverhampton or Dudley, if you look it up on a map. It is made of wrought iron with a thin steel face. For this reason among others, trying
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  2. I didn't do a dang thing. It's 117*F here.......
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  3. Well, right now it's freaking hot here. 117*F today. I love forging, but this is ridiculous.
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  4. Today I hit the forge and welded the bars together. I had done the math to figure out how much steel I would need. Then, I reread my notes on dimensions and did the math again. I needed more steel. So today I took a bigger piece of wrought and a bigger 1' round and made two new square bars. Here are the new starting bars. The short one is 18.5 inches long. So I was looking at a perfectly good bar of wrought and another bar of W1 and I dug around in the PW scrap and there was a bar of something semi-twisted, I forget what. It was about the right dimensions, so I figure
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