basilisk, thank you for providing an anvil link--I bookmarked it.
The two 100# anvils, one marked "JB" and one marked "Brooks" went for
$190 and $175 (that's about double what I wanted to spend based upon my
current actual anvil needs).
I did pick up a Stanley Bailey #7 (jointer plane)for $40, and a "double
lifetime-supply" of Stanley plane irons and some other parts for $35. I
intend that the blades should be ir'n enough to help me practice
sharpening and to use in wooden planes I may build some day.
Given that the auctions lasts 3-4 hours, one feels the need to buy
something to recoup some of the value of the time invested!
The 2nd half of this action is next week (and I suspect they'll have a
couple more anvils like brethren of the ones they had today...). And
more boxes and boxes of Stanley "5 1/4" planes..all remnants of the
(long?) defunct Indianapolis high school woodworking program. There were
no large power tools/machinery. My understanding is that the school
district was just "cleaning house".
Here's some anvil info from my other half who studies blacksmithing...
"... http://anvils.co.uk/products/list/12 these guys own Brooks name
anvils, a decent anvil more common in UK (since they are made there)
but a few are in the hands of blacksmiths here as well. seem to be a
good anvil from the reviews I have read..."
At least that might give you a cost comparison.
This thread brings back memories of an old skit I saw on the Carol
Burnett show long ago... It was a take-off on "Death of a Salesman."
Mickey Rooney played the long suffering Willie Loman, and complained
of how his job as a door-to-door saleman was wearing him down, and how
his cases seemed heavier year after year. The biggest laugh of the
skit came when Rooney said, "I guess the world just doesn't need
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