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C Craft

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After some discussion about my Hay Budden anvil back and forth with Alan I have some new info and some new pics!

 

Here is a link to the original post if you want to see what I am speaking of!

 

http://www.bladesmithsforum.com/index.php?showtopic=34222

 

This is pretty much how I bought this ole gal!

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She came with the block she sets on and has been used pretty much as she was purchased. I mean after all I traveled close to 200 miles round trip to get her.

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Since I have had the anvil I have threatened many a time to do something with the stand. First problem no where to hang hammers and secondly those all thread bolts have horned me more than once.

 

 

Well a little down time got me to looking at this ole anvil in a different light. I built a hammer and attachment hanger to fit the block! Recessed the all thread bolts, nuts and washers to get them out of the way!

 

 

The anvil was officially weighed and she weighed in a 143lbs. I know cause I no longer want to lift her. A come along was hung in the overhead while re-working her, a great asset in the lifting and turning her over and around while re-working everything. In the other thread Alan asked about the SN and I was unable to to see it anymore!

 

So in an effort to date her Alan stated.

QUOTE: The only other thing to check is if there is a weld around the waist. Before about 1914 they were wrought iron with a steel face, after that they had a wrought or mild base and a solid steel top half. Or maybe she wants to keep her true age to herself!

 

Well while finishing up today in the good sunlight I confirmed that she is after 1914. Because I do believe she has a wrought iron base and and a sold steel half. Today I put a sealer on the anvil to somewhat protect the effort I made to freshen the logo and to minimize rusting from use and the humidity here in Fl.. That is when it popped, the weld line mid waist of the anvil. So it is definitely got the weld which would make her after 1914!

 

When I was discussing logo's on the Hay Budden with Alan and researching the logo I found out the logo's were all over the place. Crooked or straight, double stamps, Hay-Budden hyphenated, or not. manufacturing or manufacturing co. Brooklyn NY.

 

Some had near perfectly balanced logo stamps as did mine. A lot of the letters on my anvil were lost but enough was there to see what was original! So decided to do something to make it stand out again! After I made rubbings of the original I began to lay out the logo!

 

So here are a couple of pics and how I began to create the arch for the top and bottom of the arch that makes up the actual logo. As you can see there was still some of the logo distinguishable!

 

30471667772_eb8b47b5c4_k.jpgHay Budden Anvil 003 by Clifton Craft, on Flickr

 

30471668242_7c43eac668_k.jpgHay Budden Anvil 002 by Clifton Craft, on Flickr

 

Once finished figuring out how the original would have laid from what existing letters I could see I started trying to re-letter it. I soon discovered that lettering is an art and I probably need more practice! :lol: Also the pitted surface is real hard to to work with when hand lettering! Paint tends to spread in ways you don't want it to! So after seeing the dried result I decided to shoot it with a little over-spray and darken it. After all she is not new and I don't want it too look that way.

 

So here she is, in her new glory.

 

30471667362_efe26a923d_k.jpgHay Budden Anvil 004 by Clifton Craft, on Flickr

 

So as all good parents do there are the out of focus shots:

 

30500541351_33bb54aee9_k.jpgHay Budden Anvil 005 by Clifton Craft, on Flickr

 

The ones where you cut the head off:

 

30471666232_48ddd25a40_k.jpgHay Budden Anvil 006 by Clifton Craft, on Flickr

 

And the one good one where you get focus and the frame correct! B)

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Now time to go get her dirty again!!!!

 

OK the first two pics are from Photobucket and the last ones are from Flickr. I am still learning about Flickr so I am not sure why you are seeing links instead of photos. Please let me know if you can't view the pics and I will try and figure this out. I wish Photobucket was still a good site, as it was sooooo easy to use when it worked. Now it just phishes most of the time!!!! <_<

 

OK I think I got it figurued out let me know if you can't see the pics!!

Edited by C Craft

C Craft Customs ~~~ With every custom knife I build I try to accomplish three things. I want that knife to look so good you just have to pick it up, feel so good in your hand you can't wait to try it, and once you use it, you never want to put it down ! If I capture those three factors in each knife I build, I am assured the knife will become a piece that is used and treasured by its owner! ~~~ C Craft

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Thanks Alan, this was a learning project in many ways.

 

The info you helped to provide me was invaluable in figuring this one out!! I love this kind of stuff anyway not only the blacksmith and/or tool side but it is a piece of American History. It goes back to the day when we produced everything right here in America and, it was the best of quality back then!

 

Every day I see our history going into dumps and being cutup, melted down for scrap. The generations such as my Grandchildren, and there children will never know what our American History was truly about unless we save a little for them to gain insight into.

 

Restoring this ole gal to a little of her former history has been a labor of love for me!!!

C Craft Customs ~~~ With every custom knife I build I try to accomplish three things. I want that knife to look so good you just have to pick it up, feel so good in your hand you can't wait to try it, and once you use it, you never want to put it down ! If I capture those three factors in each knife I build, I am assured the knife will become a piece that is used and treasured by its owner! ~~~ C Craft

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