Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Candleholder in Action

Our friend Michael Rininger sent this photo of my candle holder at their Hume Day booth.  You can see more about their bees and honey at http://fernhillapiary.blogspot.com/.

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Anvil Floor Repair

I have been working in my forge for over a year now, so I've had enough time to see what works and what doesn't.  Most things work wonderfully, but I've had a bit of difficulty with the floor of the shed shaking when I use the anvil.  The floor was the wood floor that came with the shed and it was simply placed on a bed of gravel.  

Our friend, Steve was a huge help in building the base for the anvil (among lots of other things!) and he teased me about the problem-- "You mean, we went to all that trouble to build a solid stand and you put it on plywood?"  He had a point.

So, the boys and I and our good friend Brad went to work.  We cut out a section of the floor where the anvil rests and poured a new cement floor. 

The kids had a great time trying out various methods for mixing cement (they liked rolling the cement, but Jeff preferred the wheel barrow-mixing method) and got to put their footprints on the new floor. 

I haven't had a chance to do much smithing on the new base yet, but we think it'll work great!

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Claude Moore Colonial Farm Autumn Market Fair!

Hello Market Fair visitors--

The Autumn Market Fair is only 1 month away! I've attached a flyer you
can print and post or hand out. And don't forget you can download
50%-off passes from our website: http://www.1771.org/market_fair_pass.htm

Make sure you put the dates of the Fair on your calendar: Saturday &
Sunday, October 16 & 17.