Anvils of the world, American, British, Chinese, French, German, ancient and modern.
Images from the Ferdinand, Prillwitz and Greenwood collections and the anvilfire image collection.
This collection is the result of many years work by many people.
It is the work of the collectors such as Ken and Lenny Lyda-Ferdinand and dealers such as Steve Prillwitz of Matchless Antiques who have graciously taken the time and donated photographs.
More may follow.
It is also the work of those who have donated and/or given permission to use their photographs.
Lastly it is the work of the anvilfire guru, Jock Dempsey, who took many of the photos and has digitally reworked all the images many of which are now digital paintings as much as photographs.
The purpose of this collection is to be a free on-line museum of historical and modern anvils for the curious and for the student.
In particular it is for those that think all anvils look alike and those that design new anvils who should know what has come before and what has worked.
There are many historical designs that can be improved upon very little and many modern copies that are poorly produced.
New anvils are few in this collection simply because we do not have the photos.
It is a sad fact that our industry generally does a very poor job of presenting their product or does so in such small images that it is difficult to tell anything about the product.
This is a continuing project.
We have launched it with over 40 anvils but expect to have over 100 when the project is finished.
If you have photos you would like to donate we would be happy to consider them.
ANVIL TIP OF THE DAY : Dressing a Rough Anvil
Friday Dec 4, 2020 - 15/27
Anvils get rough from rust and abuse (cold work, cutting hard materials) and the flat surfaces need dressing. New anvils are often sold with as-cast or as forged surfaces such as the horn. In the past this would be done by filing. A long slow process and difficult on the hardened face and edges. Today various electric grinders and sanders are available. The best tool is a hand held belt sander designed for wood work. A belt sander is less likely to make more dings and is designed for flattening which is the goal. On horns the sander is used perpendicular to the long axis and rolled over the surface producing a beautiful finish. Corners are a special case . . . (next)
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