Saturday, June 16, 2012

new to me

mary jane dodd




last week julie asked what kinds of tools we were looking to get... i have been on the hunt for a large anvil for at least 18 months... i didn't want a new one and at a local auction they just weren't turning up... 

about 9 months ago, i was able to get a length of railroad track and love that just fine... 

why a large anvil? it makes the work easier, it takes less of a toll on your body... 

i had been checking craigs list with no luck... until last week, when i was able to get this one... 

it weighs 94 lbs and is from the mouse hole forge in england... according to the way it is marked and the research i have done, it dates to around the mid 1800s... 

i love it...


i learned how to read weight in stone -
that's the 0 - 3 - 10

0 x 122 = 0
3 x 28  = 84
10 x 1 = 10
or 94 lbs


the first thing i made on it... 

wishing you the time to do something you love this weekend... 




14 comments:

Kristi Bowman said...

That is very cool!!! So much history and you will be creating more history. If only it could talk!

Artisan Beads Plus said...

love it! Anything unique and with history like that has always adds something special and I love the special piece that you made :o)
MaryAnn

Sandra said...

What an awesome find! I too love anything with such an old history. And your first piece, is quite lovely.

Thanks so much for commenting on my blog. Your kind words lifted my spirit.

Kelli said...

MJ. Love the anvil!!!what a great find! And by any chance does this lovely new piece feature your new stamps?? Love the font!!

Julie Holmes said...

Congrats Mary Jane! So great that you found your anvil, and what a cool one at that!

Stacie said...

What a great find...wow! Love it!

stacilouise said...

awesome find! I have wanted one too, but don't really have the space right now. If I ever see one though, I am snagging it.

94lbs- thats crazy heavy!

Gallery 13 - Lela Bouse-McCracken said...

And I can see why you love it...it's awesome. Congrats on a great find.

GlassBeadArt said...

That is an amazing find!!!

lunedreams said...

that is just about the coolest thing i've ever seen...it's MASSIVE!!! and being old and English just makes it even more fabulous. congrats to you for a fun find! and always good to save wear and tear on the bod...

Spirited Earth said...

That is amazing..and extra cool that it has a history..I bet it will transform your work.

Sharon said...

so glad you found the anvil of your dreams! looking forward to seeing more of your inspirational work on this amazing anvil!

Barry said...

MJ- an awesome piece of gear. Love chart there is so much history embedded in it; and just know that energy and the positive energy you bring to it will continue to give. Go well. B

Barbara said...

What a find! I'm so happy for you!

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