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#1

We are looking into purchasing an Anvil and would appreciate any
help that members of orchid can provide. Size, Hardness,
Manufacturer, Used, New etc.

We are a small Jewelry Business doing more and more fabrication
with 14k, 18k, Silver and Mokume.

Billybob
Made By Hand
Leesburg, Florida


#2

A small bench block or bench anvil are most useful, followed by a
general purpose silversmithing stake. Stakes are great for
forming bracelets, forging wire, and doming sheet using forming
and plannishing hammers. Keep everything nicely polished, it
saves finishing time.

Rick Hamilton

Richard D. Hamilton
A goldsmith on Martha’s Vineyard
Fabricated 14k, 18k, 22k, and platinum Jewelry
wax carving, modelmaking, jewelry photography,
CAD/CAM…
http://www.rick-hamilton.com


#3

try jack da silva at 510.724.5511 (he’s going to have to give me a
cut if i keep publicizing him here!). he sells a selection of nice
anvils. mj


#4

Rick;
Tell me more about a “general purpose” stake. I have seen
many,but they were all for making bowls,spoons,cups,etc. I am very
interested in one that could be used for making bracelets and doming.
I make a lot of bracelets and oval belt buckles. Is there catalog
that I might see a general purpose stake in? Any help is greatly appreciated,thanks,
John Barton, Images By JJ


#5

For a selection of fine anvils get the catalog:

Centaur forge, ltd.
Blacksmiths and Horseshoer's Supplies
P.O. Box 340,
117 North Spring Street
Burlington, WI 53105-0340 U.S.A.

414-763-9175 (M-F, 8-5)
800-666-9175 orders only
FAX 1-262-763-8350

They also have some other items including books relating to jewelry.

Bill in Vista


#6

Dear Billybob Check out Harbor tools they have both a 15 LB and a 55
LB anvils that are horned and fairly well finished for about $10.00
for the 15 and $49.00 for the 55 …if you have been checking the
price of anvils you know what good prices those are the PH # is
800-423-2567 HTH
Ron


#7

John Barton, interesting thing about stakes; I just got a brochure in
the mail from Touchstone Center for Crafts. One of their teachers by
the name of David Butler, is offering a course which is 1/2 how to
make delrin stakes and hammers for jewelry making. Other than that I
know nothing about the school, but the my be useful to
you. They advertise a website at http://www.touchstonecrafts.com

Geo.

End of forwarded message


#8

The stake I think of as a general purpose stake is T shaped, with one
end rounded off, the other end cut off flat, with a rectangular
surface in the middle that is fairly flat. This is a stake that is
generally used in raising vessels, but is mighty handy for forging. My
apprentice and I will be spending some time monday forging a couple
cuff bracelets out of 14ky square wire. We will be using this stake
and some raising and plannishing hammers. This stake is mounted in a
stake holder which is bolted to a stump about a foot in diameter and
about 20 inches high, so the top of the stake is about 28-30 inches
high. Allcraft has a nice selection, Rio, Gesswein, Swest, and others
probably carry them.

Richard D. Hamilton
A goldsmith on Martha’s Vineyard
Fabricated 14k, 18k, 22k, and platinum Jewelry
wax carving, modelmaking, jewelry photography,
CAD/CAM…
http://www.rick-hamilton.com


#9

For a less expensive selction of anvils, check out:
http://www.barnaclewharftradingco.com - they have a 55# anvil for
49.95 and a 110# for under $100. LOL

Mike