by Sydney Michalski
After a long wait due to back-order, Joe’s Peddinghaus #12 anvil from Ridgid finally arrived! And when you have an anvil, you’re going to want an anvil-stand.
Luckily, over the winter, a huge spruce cracked and came down, and Joe had set aside the base for some unforeseen future use…and now that unforeseen future use had arrived!
The first step in turning a tree trunk into an anvil stand is to remove the bark…which is fun for the whole family!
Then there was lots and lots of flattening and smoothing. It was quite a bit of work, but the end result is pretty cool!
And now, we have an anvil! This is a big step forward in tool-making. Joe is already able to make smaller knives, chisels and gouges, using our wood stove for heat and hammering on top of an old axe-head for shaping. But this honest-to-goodness anvil opens up all those larger projects, like adzes and axes and decorative ironwork, as well. It’s a welcome addition to both the family and the business, as it continues to broaden our scope of working with our hands to honor the Lord!
And, in one of those fun little twists of God’s provision, this particular tree-trunk was so tall that once Joe cut it down to the right size for the anvil, there was enough left over to make me an impromptu piece of furniture!
Behold, I have created the smith that bloweth the coals in the fire, and that bringeth forth an instrument for his work…(Isaiah 54:16, KJV)