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 www.google.com and crank in anvils orblacksmith anvils..you'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.