I got myself a piece of good old german steel railroad track from eBay to use for an anvil (you can find a shitload of videos on that topic on YouTube). So my simple construction consists of no more than a piece of a oak tree stem (left from last year’s round-up) and said railroad track piece, screwed tight with the meanest, thickest and longest screws I could find in the shop. Drilling the mounting holes was such a pain in the ass…

It is very low since because of my lower back hurting easily, I want to use it in a sitting position (japanese smiths seem to do that). It is also not built very sturdy or has much reinforcements, since I don’t plan working on heavy and bulky projects, using equally heavy and bulky tools. Just tapping on comparably small and handy knife blanks a little 馃檪 Last work left to do is grinding and smoothing the surface of the track piece, but I don’t have any grinding discs left at the moment. I also have a small dolly (not pictured) to ease moving it around.

The future will tell if I’ll have to add for example one or two steel bands around the wood block for fortification or even upgrade the fixation of the steel bar. As for now, I’m glad and looking forward to putting it to use!