After careful consideration we have decided to CANCEL this Saturdays Meet Up.
We still have lots of snow here and out behind the shop is over two feet deep.
With the mountain area under a disaster declaration I cannot in good conscientious bring people up to here under these conditions. The deciding factor was todays forecast of FIVE INCHES of high elevation rain coming in Thursday and Friday. We expect flooding in our local area.
The below pictures were from this morning, March 6th.
This Little Giant (LG) is the Old Style with a modified frame to accept a new/used Sow/Die Block.
The LG serial #311 was first sold on 1-30-1910 in South Dakota to TJ Wilson. It was FULLY Rebuilt in 2010 by Steven Prillwitz who is the number 2 rebuilder behind only Sid Suedmeier (Mister Little Giant himself!).
New Parts used on rebuild:
New Babbitt Bearings poured
Brass Lined Wraparound Guide
Toggle Links, Arms and Pins
Die and Sow Block Keys
Treadle Rod & Bolt
1 H.P. 220 volt Motor
New Shims for Top Bearings and Guide
The LG has been upgraded with the Two Piece Die System which includes 3 sets of dies: Flat, Fullering and Texturing.
It also has been upgraded with grease fittings installed on the Clutch Fork Bolt, Clutch Collar and Foot Treadle Pin.
Since it has been in use here I have put around 250 hours on it. It runs just as smooth now as when I received it from Steven Prillwitz.
Some may ask why I’m selling such a great machine? I had upgraded to a larger pneumatic hammer.
This LG has been very well maintained since I took the Little Giant rebuilding class put on by Sid back in 2014.
Shipping is available at buyers expense. That would include a custom pallet, the one it’s sitting on is just for moving it around here.
444 Pound South German Style Double horn with side shelf and upsetting block. This anvil was made by S&S (Sichelschmidt und Schlasse) in 1949. This excellent cast steel anvil has a face that is as smooth as glass with minor chipping on the edges. Rebound is also fantastic.
605 pound North German style double horn. This anvil has excellent rebound with a near glass smooth face. The edges do have some chips. This anvil have some repairs in the past with nickel rod. The repaired areas do appear to be done professionally and have held up very well. The feet under the horn have been shaved off a little bit with a cutting torch in the past, I imagine so it would fit a certain anvil stand. See pictures. No manufactures stamps that I could find. It appears this could be a cast steel anvil much like a S&S or a Swedish made anvil.
The contact info linked here on this page is not working at this time. Messages only sometimes make it to my email and then they are unanswerable for some reason. Please use my personal email here: firstname.lastname@example.org If you want to call me use: 559-760-1601 Thank You Steven Jacobs
My shipment from Austria has arrived and has been inventoried in. Most anvils are over 300 pounds and they are very high quality German and Swedish made. I still have a few English anvils from a shipment back in December.
2-300 pound range: 2 anvils
3-400 pound range: 10 anvils
4-500 pound range: 7 anvils
5-600 pound range: 1 anvil
6-700 pound range: 3 anvils
700+ range: 1
4 sawyers anvils
There is 9 swage blocks from England and Germany.
If you see a anvil that you want more info on just drop me a line here or call me at 559-760-1601 (10AM to 6PM PST). I will be putting pictures of individual anvils and equipment with prices later.
Our FIRST meeting/Workshop is just a week from tomorrow on December 10th. Here are the directions to Wizard’s Workshop & Forge:
From Oakhurst take Hwy 41 north towards Yosemite.
Right after you pass Road 222 the Bass Lake turn off look for Road 620, it has a left turn lane.
Take Road 620 for 1.7 miles to Old Yosemite Road, turn left.
Go 1/4 mile to Old Stage Way, turn right.
Go 1/4 mile to Old Stage Ct., turn right.
Go to top of hill, driveway on right.
Address, 48599 Old Stage Ct
Head to large gray metal building and park out front there.
Any problems finding us? My cell 559-760-0092
This page is to help all of you who are current and new members of the California Blacksmith Association that have been meeting and doing workshops in Mariposa CA. As some of you know Bob Ringrose’s health has gotten to the point he can no longer host our monthly meetings there in Mariposa. The October 8th meeting will be the last one at Bob’s and our meetings will resume at a new location just north of Oakhurst on December 10th. There will be no meeting in November. Your new host will be Steven “Jake” Jacobs and you can contact him here on this page by using the “Contact” function or by calling his cell at 559-760-0092.
Since our members come from a wide area, Clovis, Fresno, North Fork, Oakhurst, Bootjack, Mariposa, Merced, El Portal and a few places in between and further I felt a name change to Yosemite Area for our group was appropriate.
For those of you that are new to blacksmithing and are interested in joining the CBA please follow the link attached for further information.
CBA is a nonprofit corporation dedicated to educating smiths and preserving the art and craft of blacksmithing.
Directions to the new location will be posted later.