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Anybody know where I can get a tiny coyote?

I has an anvil! It is a tiny, tiny anvil, and it is mine.

Turns out, the general shape of thing worked out by generations of blacksmiths is equally useful on the miniature scale. These things are intended for jewelers.

I’ve always wanted one for, like, generally doing tiny things to tiny things, but I specifically bought this one as an aid to hand-cutting pearl. I’ve cut a few bits to replace missing inlays on an old banjo, and I was forever trying to find the edge of a book or something to prop the blank against. Then I thought, hey, I know…

If you’ve got twenty minutes, this is an interesting little film showing Vietnamese young ‘uns cutting pearl inlay sets for instruments the West. These are for de Paule Luthier Supply in the States. To see how cheaply you can really get this many man-hours of pearl cutting, you have to check eBay.

Income disparity, the ancient friend of the arts.


Comment from David Gillies
Time: July 23, 2012, 10:24 pm

Now you need to get a very small coyote so you can drop it on its head.

Comment from Redd
Time: July 23, 2012, 10:30 pm

I expected to see Gary Glitter in that film…

Comment from Skandia Recluse
Time: July 23, 2012, 10:34 pm

Somewhere, somehow, I stumbled into a little History Channel (or something) about blacksmiths and their anvils. It was about making nails; the anvil has a special feature/chisel/hole thingy that lets the blacksmith make nails rapidly, several thousand a day. Amazing folk, those old people.

Comment from JC
Time: July 23, 2012, 10:41 pm

No, you need a tiny unicorn. And a farrier. Just cuz you’ve got an anvil doesn’t mean you can shoe horses. So start with unicorns. Might help if you can enlist the village virgin. And I can just imagine how your local weasels are. Lucky mustelids, happy mustelids, good on yez.
That’s what I get when I post whilst listening to the Ramones

Comment from Stark Dickflüssig
Time: July 23, 2012, 10:52 pm

I mostly just like the noise. 5lb hammer + 300lb German steel anvil = music. To say nothing of the lovely bent-up things you can make in short order.

Comment from Oceania
Time: July 23, 2012, 11:10 pm

Take a look at this – hilarious! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JeTVbaMSGH0

Comment from Uncle Badger
Time: July 23, 2012, 11:18 pm

DG 🙂

Comment from Anonymous
Time: July 23, 2012, 11:41 pm

What are the dimensions of your little anvil, Stoaty? My grandfather was an Army blacksmith, and made tiny little anvil sets for fun. He gave them away, but we have one set left (which he chromed). It’s about 3 inches long, and 1 inch wide, and 1 inch tall. Plus the tools and the water barrel—he burned out the inside of a small tree-limb chunk.

Comment from Scubafreak
Time: July 24, 2012, 12:32 am

On a side note, R.I.P. Sally Ride…..

Comment from sandman will resist
Time: July 24, 2012, 12:40 am

For those who might be interested, I got an email over the weekend from Monsenior Ric Locke, and he has been told he has about a month, maybe two. I am kinda pissed cuz I just started looking at his writing. Guy has some chops.

Comment from Redd
Time: July 24, 2012, 1:14 am

Thanks for letting us know, sandman. I barely knew him but I certainly saw his name and read his many comments over the years. This makes me very sad.

Comment from sandman will resist
Time: July 24, 2012, 1:26 am

Seems a top flight guy. Said his son might do blogging and short entries but the sequel to TDY is prolly not gonna happen unless there’s a miracle.
Personally, as a lousy model Baptist, I wholeheartedly endorse such things as miracles.

Comment from sandman will resist
Time: July 24, 2012, 1:31 am

I also endorse bacon. I am an uncompensated spokesmodel.

Comment from JuliaM
Time: July 24, 2012, 6:15 pm

Sad to hear the news about Ric Locke – always one of the most erudite commenters over at Protein Wisdom, and his space-opera novel was a damn fine read.

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: July 24, 2012, 6:57 pm

I can’t imagine what it’s like to live with that kind of diagnosis.

Comment from Bob Mulroy
Time: July 24, 2012, 7:01 pm

Your anvil is very cute and you’ve given me an idea. Thanks.

I perfected my Madelines recipe just before Christmas.

I kicked the Great Wall’s ass in April.

I made my own BACON last month.

I got my bees yesterday:

I’m going to start anvil shooting!

The trouble is, used anvils go for about $3 per pound. Also you need at least 2 150-pounders to look respectable.

I’ll keep searching.

Comment from Bob Mulroy
Time: July 24, 2012, 7:04 pm

Anvil shooting:


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Time: July 24, 2012, 9:43 pm

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Time: July 25, 2012, 1:03 am

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Pound some stuff on your anvil and transform it.

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