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Published on May 16, 2011
Josh Greenwood of Greenwood Ironworks and anvils4sale in Petersburg Virginia, forging rosehead nails and performing a forge weld preparation (upset and scarf operation) on a classic 336 Lb double horned German anvil with upset block. The smith should get the job done fast by working efficiently, without hurry or strain from a comfortable upright stance. A terrific anvil like this is a big help of course. The hammer regardless of weight, should never be held tight or stiffly. 3 very different hammers were used in the demonstration, The smaller hammer forging the second nail does the same job in the same time-frame, working at a faster tempo with higher velocities. If you look closely you should see the hammer held loosley rocking in the right hand throughout the hard strokes. This is more restrained and subtle in the light finishing blows. This eliminates shock to the arm and amplifies the snap, velocity, and force of the blows. It was our first time using this anvil and the tongs used during the upset sequence were awkward. We had to improvise to finish the task in one heat, which is what blacksmithing is all about!