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Blacksmith forges hammers, and a career, in 1860s shop

The first thing Aaron Cergol ever made was a little playhouse for Beanie Babies.

He built it with a hinged roof that opened and closed, and his dad, a carpenter, let him use some of his power tools. Aaron, at the time, was 4.

Several years and many projects later, he got an Xbox. He can't recall whether it was a present or if he bought it himself, but he does remember that after about a month and a half he grew tired of playing it.

So he did what any sensible teenage boy would do: He sold the Xbox and used the money to buy a forge. He's been pounding on red-hot steel ever since.

"Everyone," said Cergol, who just turned 23 and likes nothing better than to lay a block of almost-molten metal on an anvil and whale on it with a 3-pound hammer, "says I was born a couple centuries too late."

But there's money to be made in the ancient ways. After less than a year of going at it seriously, Cergol is developing a business fashioning hand-forged hammers that sell for $100 and up.

The Industrial Revolution That Never Was

  1. An anvil is a big steel workbench, where blacksmiths do most of their forging work - that's when you hit the hot steel with the hammer to change the shape of the material. Most people recognise the anvil from Looney Tunes. Wile E. Coyote tries to drop
  2. Most were bloomeries, glorified blacksmith shops in which an ironmaker – often a slave unable to refuse a dangerous job – would heat a lump of ore over charcoal in a hearth. Standing inches from the hot coals, the ironmaker would reach in with a bar to
  3. Once the steel turns bright reddish orange, Hatton takes it out of the furnace and onto his 100-pound anvil, where he uses the hammer and horn of the anvil, a blacksmith's best friend, to mold the steel into the curved horseshoe we're familiar with

Responses to Blacksmith Anvil

viko says:

Oct 27, 2010

hi, where can i buy used blacksmith anvil?


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