Using the horn part of a anvil; how

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Using the horn part of a anvil; how

Post by theKbStockpiler » Thu Dec 28, 2017 5:49 pm

Hi I'm interested in how to use the horn part of an anvil. Some are a cone while others have a flat part on top. How do you work a curve into a piece of metal with a cone? Wouldn't it twist around the horn while shaping with a hammer?
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Re: Using the horn part of a anvil; how

Post by Ol'fogasaurus » Thu Dec 28, 2017 8:13 pm

https://metalsmithing.wonderhowto.com/h ... ng-390470/ This is a good start and he says he has other videos too.

As the guy here says, Anvils come in different shapes and weights. I use a piece of rail road track for some heavy duty stuff especially for straightening stuff; also for curves.

I also make small anvils for special forms and shapes that I put in my vice then work the metal to shape.

There are so many ways to shape metal so think things out and don't be afraid to be original.

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Re: Using the horn part of a anvil; how

Post by SCOTTRODS » Fri Dec 29, 2017 7:34 am

Metal Shaping is an art form. This being said, It is also necessary to do some research into how to make the metal move in ways you want it to. Manually shaping like you are suggesting is more specialized than using machines even, so definitely look at some videos on youtube for metal shaping and using specific tools to see how you might accomplish your finished goals. You'll be amazed at just how many types and shapes of hammers there are to shape things well... and the techniques are also many, even for a specific shape. I've been studying Metal shaping for years and have yet to turn out a finished piece. However I have a lot of tools that I have bought to help me in my learning process.

Generally speaking, most people run into problems after they get the basic "shape" set into their piece, and cannot figure out the finishing part to make it smooth and ready for paint or other finishes.
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Re: Using the horn part of a anvil; how

Post by Ol'fogasaurus » Fri Dec 29, 2017 12:31 pm

I agree Scott. The anvil is an old and reliable tool and you can make some delicate things on it. But now days specialty tools like planishing hammers (https://www.bing.com/search?q=planishin ... lang=en-US), bead rollers (https://www.bing.com/search?q=bead+roll ... lang=en-US), body working tools and different types of welding machines (blacksmiths used to join metal using heat and the Anvil together are so helpful. I was beginning to think metal forming was a lost art until in the last 20 years or so the art form make a big resurgence. It is something I wish I could do but life moves on or you go broke buying the tools :lol: .

Yeah, the web is good for somethings but there is the extra stuff that being acquainted with someone who really knows the business can help with! :roll: I've seen good looking stuff only to find out that it is deficient in some parts of the mix.

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Re: Using the horn part of a anvil; how

Post by Ol'fogasaurus » Fri Dec 29, 2017 1:45 pm

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This is an example of a small anvil I made years ago to form a short/small length of flat stock into a channel. The square of the anvil fits onto the center of a 1" square tube so it is good for forming channel or even a small length of a square itself. By moving things around you can form flat stock into wider dimensions also.

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Re: Using the horn part of a anvil; how

Post by Dale M. » Sat Dec 30, 2017 10:46 am

How to use anvil.... Look up "blacksmithing"... Some good (and BAD) on youtube ... Might try blacksmithing pages on facebook.... There are three things a blacksmith uses, heat (forge) hammer and ANVIL.... Basically a horn on anvil is for shaping "rounds" you use it along with heat and hammer to put curves in stock you are working or open up a circle (as cone mandrel)..... You use horn as typical of what pattern anvil is, most popular is the "London" pattern....

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