Don Glover asked:

What is the height of the anvil top from the floor?


I found your web site quit interesting, in fact very interesting. 

One of your pictures is of an anvil mounted on a log.   I have an old FISHER anvil pat. April 24, 1877.  There are also large numbers cast on the side 1889.

I have logs but what is the height of the anvil top from the floor?  Is there a rule of thumb for the height.  My Dad had a rule of thumb for a table top vise and it was; the top of the vise should be at elbow height.    

Thanks for any help

Don E. Rick Strobel responded:Hi Don..I cannot itelligently answer your question(s). Anvil height had tobe like your Dad said. Now this is interesting and I found this info from ablacksmith around here. Ya think the ring of an anvil is intriguing? Think about a blacksmithhaving to listen to this 24/7/365? I can relate now to it being somewhatbothersome. To alleviate this, rest the anvil on a bed of sand imbeddedinto the log/stand and fastening the anvil with chains, not "U"nails/spikes..the ring is totally elimated. Not cool to us, but I'll betit meant a lot to the ole blacksmith's. Wish I could help more...try and crank in anvils orblacksmith'll get a lot of hits...even how to build an anvil...Take Care,RickAndy Glines suggested:With you standing up straight and your arm (the one you hammer with) hanging down to your side and your hand made into a fist your knuckles should touch the top of the anvil.  I forget the source but remember the info as I am slowly trying to set up a forge to use in my own shop.

Arnie Fero wroteTwo comments... A book that I have on setting up your blacksmith shopsays that you should setup the anvil so that with your arm at your sideand your fist clenched, your knuckles just graze the top surface of theanvil.With regard to the "ring" of an anvil, its a very important feature of agood anvil and something a working smith WOULD NOT eliminate. A goodanvil that's properly setup does ring when struck, but more importantly,the hammer rebounds from the surface. That rebound returns energyreducing the effort to raise the hammer for the next blow. This allowsthe smith to work expending less energy and it also results in less wear &tear on his arm, wrist, elbow, etc. No working smith would ever deaden ananvil.Granted, before the advent of hearing protection smiths did experiencesome hearing loss. Some also lost sight in one or both eyes from notwearing safery glasses, lost toes from not wearing steel-toe boots, etc.But times change...Many clubs are now incorporating a blacksmith into the show program. AtFort Allen we have a resident smith who works in a fantastic building atour West Overton showgrounds. There are 4 forges, numerous anvils andother "tools of the trade." He also conducts weekly lessons in the artand science of iron pounding.On Saturday May 10th we're having a"hammer-in" where our resident smith is joined by a half-dozen otherprofessional blacksmiths. They ply their trade for the day and late inthe afternoon there's an auction of the items they've made. This event isa lot of fun, really educational and heavily attended. We have thenormal engines, tractors, and farm equipment in operation as well. Checkthe GEM Show Directory for contact information and directions.See ya, ArnieArnie FeroPittsburgh, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.