Now that the HF 110# steel anvil seems to be gone, maybe it's time to think about other sources for inexpensive "starter" anvils.
I've been saving up railroad track chunks for some time, waiting for that day when I have time to make some, just for the heck of it. (This isn't that day, I still haven't finished the
Weyger's book has a plan and so does the book written by Harries and Heer, and I'm sure there are others.
As you all probably knnow, railroad track (in America at least) is gaged by the weight per yard. I don't know how low it goes, but I think the current max size is about 150 pound (per yard)rail. That's pretty recent for "main line" rail, so there may not be a lot of it around. But there should be plenty of 120 pound rail available. If one made an anvil out of the 120 pound rail and made it about 20 inches long, you might get a 60 pound anvil by the time you are done.
That wouldn't be too bad for a beginner.
Might be a good project for a group of novices. You could have one guy with a cutting torch to rough shape the things and then let the beginners do all the dirty grinding, etc.. Maybe the group could knock out 5 or 10 of them in a day.
what are your thoughts?