When you are working with blacksmith anvils the actual mounting position is quite important which is generally overlooked. In general work with large bar would require upright position when you have put a lot of pressure with hammer onto the anvil while the little small work will demand slightly higher anvil in order to avoid lower back pain as for small work you have to bend closer while you hammer on it with a heavy hammer. Also blacksmith would ignore the mounting system for the blacksmith anvils which is very important aspect but often overlooked.
If you pass by any traditional blacksmith shop you can find that the anvils would just sit on top of mounting stump and you can notice that it is not tied down which is the worst thing several people do. When you do not tie down the blacksmith anvils they will tend to move with each heavy hammer blow, to work on it again you should reposition it each time you give a hammer blow to keep it firm from falling off from the mounting stump. Some blacksmiths have used the steel bent as staples that drive around the feet of blacksmith anvils which will keep the anvils firm on the mounting stump but again this has a disadvantage that the staples would loosen eventually which would rattle around.
One best solution for a blacksmith would be to bold the blacksmith anvils to the maximum tight that is possible to the mounting stand or stump. Though not traditional approach we could find some blacksmith using heavy metal stand with 3 legs which work very well as a base for blacksmith anvils. The reason behind adding bolts to anvils is that you are adding mass of stump to the anvil weight. The general phenomenon here is that the heavier the blacksmith anvils the better you can work and the force of hammer would go directly to the large or small bars instead of moving anvils. For this process to work you should select the best blacksmith anvils that are available in market.
One simple solution it to use small thin steel strip attached at the front and back side of the blacksmith anvils. The steel strip should have measures of ¼ inch thick with 1 inch wide if it has do well for the purpose. These steel strips are bolted with the help of heavy lag bolts onto the mounted stump. You can also find a regular bold and nut in the exact middle portion of steel strip. You can also have a chain which should be going around the blacksmith anvils waist and overlap these bolts. You have to tighten the nuts to provide tremendous pressure for pulling the chain gently down around the blacksmith anvils holding it perfectly secure onto the top of wood. This method has worked pretty well for many people for many years. This process will reduce the noise created by the blacksmith anvils and soften your work as a blacksmith.
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