RR Anvil and Smithing Tools

Hello folks, the wife and I took a little trip to Tennessee and enjoyed the mountains. We had a great time and I would have loved to bring a lot back. Specifically the stuff I saw way up in the trails.

Cades Cove

Cades Cove

I found an old piece of Rail Road track with the date of 1897. {date fixed thanks to my spell checkers} The nice ladies only wanted $25. I had to bring it home. This will be a great portable anvil.
RR Anvil
rr anvil date

It cleaned up very well. The steel is a little softer than I would like but I think it will function well.
RR ANVIL clean
rr anvil horn
I shot a short video on the anvil and highlight my smithing tools.

And if you care here is a short on my vacation.

Thanks folks.
This site has reached 250 members. Lets hear from some of you silent folks.


Please be careful. Some of the things I do are dangerous. It is not my fault if you get hurt. Use your brain, be safe.

14 Responses to RR Anvil and Smithing Tools

  1. eddieantley says:

    Dave another great video , your smiting shop is coming along , love the hat , love Tenn. lived up there on the Alabama and Tenn line for seven years love that part of the country

  2. Wife and I went to Pigeon Forge 3 years ago in April. Cage Cove was inaccessible due to road construction. Now I wish even more that I had gotten to visit

    • David Bardin says:

      There was some construction going on. But I believe it was from all the water damaging the roads. They are in a record year for rain fall.
      Its still there and you will make it back.
      Thank you for commenting.

  3. Thomas Tieffenbacher/aka DocSavage45 says:


    Watched your videos! Pittsburg Tools (Harbor Freight) How do they stand up? Wondering about carbon content and hardness? Damn that’s beautiful. I would have a hard time coming back. I use to like in Arkansas. spent most of my weekends in the Ozark Mountains. We have a small waterfall close to Mankato, and it is my power spot.

    When I wear my straw hat and my brace9gettin old) My wife calls it Tomish!

    You are becoming a true renaissance man!

    Tom aka DocSavage45

    • David Bardin says:

      Doc it’s a crap shoot with HF tools. Some I have no problem with and some I just toss in the trash can. I did have a hard time coming back. It took me 3 days to wander back down.
      My father had a stroke when I was 6. That forced him to retire. We would load the camper and spend the summer traviling. I have stayed up to 2 months in the Ozarks. I love them to. Dogpatch is long dead. That hurt my feelings.
      Thank you sir and come again.

  4. DIYaholic says:

    Great find on the “RR Track” anvil. As soon as I saw it, I knew you were going to clean up those edges. I’ll bet without that clean up, it would have been difficult to use. I’m with Jeff, 1987 ain’t that old!!!

    Your smithing tool collection is growing. Much like Marty’s tool museum, except that you actually use your tools!!!

    I would ask a few questions, except that….
    I don’t know what it is that I don’t know!!!

    • David Bardin says:

      Thanks Randy. OK OK im fixing the date right after this reply. You guys are worse than my engrish teacher.
      And yes without the smooth edges it would have been a booger to use.
      Yep I need to get up there and see you guys in action. I would love the ten cent tour of the shops.
      Keep coming back there will be a question you need an answer for.

  5. JL7 says:

    Hey Dave, when you said you got a RR track anvil, you weren’t joking. That cleaned up nice! Check your typed date above – not 1987! Nice hat also! I’m thinking you really should build the buggy….why not.

    Touching base……every time I here it, it brings me back in time. Way back when I used to do sales over the phone…(I know…….). This was in the early 90’s and the MN Twins had won the World Series in 87 and 91 and Kirby Puckett was still held in high regard back then….

    If the sales manager ever heard anyone say “I am just touching base” on the phone, he would fly off the handle and start screaming “Kirby Puckett touches base, NOT YOU”……..Implying that touching base means you have no purpose for the phone call. You must always have a purpose for the phone call and state it up front, he would say.

    I get a lot of sales folks calling me at work since then…….every time one of them touches base, I have to give them the “Kirby Puckett” line…..Most of the time the line goes silent…….FUN!

    Sorry for the rant Dave……keep touching base, you’re doing some cool stuff..


    • David Bardin says:

      The dyslexia is ikcking in on the dates. I got a neighbor with a matched pair of Clydesdale’s and a buggy. He gives the kids rides all the time.
      Touching base when my new boss hears someone say “super Dave” she flies off the handle. Everybody has a pet peeve.
      Great story.
      Rant on Jeff. I love the stories.

  6. Anonymous says:

    Ohhhh, yea!!! That’s an awesome anvil SuperD. I’ve been to Cades Cove. A very serene place.

    • David Bardin says:

      Thank you and it is. The thought of retirement comes to mind when I visit a place like that. The wife has asthma and she breathes so much better in that air. Thanks for the comment!

  7. Tim Charles says:

    Nice score on the track anvil. I have a track, but it’s not in anvil form.

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