My new toy…



All cleaned up.  After a bit of research, I know it’s a Fisher Norris anvil.  Still haven’t weighed it.  Cut an oak stump for it and pinned it down.

My first attempt at a gas forge using a big propane nozzle I had didn’t work very well.  Not enough air flow I think.  So I either build a new nozzle or fire up some coal.

I’ll figure it out one of these days in between wood shop projects.


A few things I’ve been thinking about thinking about… and the picture has nothing to do with the post.  Part of a machine at an old shoe factory.  The lighting was good and the shot came out OK on my phone.

So, I’ve been planning a few larger projects/adventures lately.  Before I just start posting random pics that appear completely haphazard, I figured I would lay out some things that are on my radar.  Or maybe the my posts will make less sense than they would have if I said nothing… because I’ll probably work on all of this and other little projects at the same time.  It just seems to be the way i do things, work on a dozen things in my head while I’m doing two or three with my hands.

To do list of bigger things-not necessarily in this order:

Blacksmithing- Something I’ve wanted to do since I was a kid.  I have some old tools that have been in storage at work for years.  After talking about metalwork with someone I met for the first time, I was given an anvil.  I haven’t seen it, but apparently made its way from Alaska.  I need to pick it up soon, a 3 1/2 hour drive from here in upstate NY.  Planning a coal forge, but have parts for a gas forge.  Not sure what I’ll make other than hot metal.

Coffee Roaster-  tabletop mini drum roaster.  I have a bunch of the parts including the drum, motors, exhaust fan, and a burner (unless I decide to make my own).  I have the layout in my head and may or may not lay it out in the computer.  This will just take a bunch of time to fabricate.

Classical Guitar- build 2 classical guitars.  One from locally sourced or found wood and one from decent tone woods.  My reasoning is, if I do both at the same time, I can practice each step on the inexpensive (free) woods first and hopefully do a better job with the nice tone woods.  This one may take a while to gather materials and start.  

Well that’s my story.  I may or may not stick to it.  Feel free to comment or to pass on any advice.  If you made it this far… Thanks!