Well new to me anyhow, I had sold my old anvil when I retired. But now that I started gardening I found out I need to improve the tools used in the garden, and elsewhere. I cleaned the rust off the #185 pound beast and mounted it on a oak log.
What tool modifications do you use an anvil for Mickey?
One of the first things I'm going to make is a hand trowel for transplanting, I've broken my share of store bought ones. On a side note I'll make the iron fittings for a canon carriage I'm making, It's a 1/2 scale mountain canon.
I used to work for a charity which put together tool kits for despatch to various third world countries. The kit for blacksmiths included a small anvil which was made from a short section of rail track. A railway workshop which cut track for points etc. kindly cut the sections for the anvils & shaped one end into a tapered point. Apparently the track was the right kind of steel to withstand the beating of hot metal working. We also sent some old style springs from vehicle suspension as these can be forged into tools.
I am not a blacksmith, often wish I could do a bit of welding! I just worked for Tools For Self Reliance (TFSR) which recycles old hand tools for use in poor communities. We even had a machine which could cut new teeth on an old handsaw blade, made a saw as good as new once the teeth were set & sharpened! Did not work with modern throw-away saws though. My superb old drawknife (great for de-barking poles) is stamped with a British Army symbol & dated 1915, always wonder about the hands that used it a century ago. I hope those soldiers lived to see 1919, unlike my great-grandfather who was shot in the head by a German sniper February 1915. It certainly behoves us to remember the catastrophes & stock market crashes of the past, but should also celebrate the good work done by those hands & tools. Swords into ploughshares.