rivenwanderer: (Default)
( Jan. 1st, 2011 09:51 pm)
I am searching for a very, very special tree stump (section of a tree trunk, sawn at both ends).

The properties of this tree stump are as follows:
-Flat on the top and the bottom
-About 28" tall
-Around a foot in diameter, or bigger
-Heavy enough to stay put and not get kicked over easily; light enough for two people to get it down some steep stairs without injury
-ETA: hardwood (such as oak/maple/beech)
-Located somewhere in the Boston area

The reason? I tried hammering metal on a tree stump like this (rather than on my taller work table), and it's a lot better for me ergonomically--I can hit the metal harder, with better leverage, and the wood deadens the blows effectively. Mounting anvils on tree stumps is traditional for blacksmiths and metalsmiths, and now I see why. I would really love to have on in my basement studio! (There are also designs for anvil stands that I could potentially make, but a tree stump would be simpler.)

So keep an eye out and let me know if you see any trees being cut down in the Boston area, OK?
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