Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Blacksmith at Anvil



Today's picture was taken in South Missouri in 1940. It shows a blacksmith working at this anvil. It looks like he is beating on a plow. 

Can you imagine if someone tried to have a blacksmith shop like this today? For the one guy working at the anvil, there would be two bureaucrats back in Washington making up rules to make sure he was "safe". Then he would have to hire two safety experts to make sure his shop stayed in compliance with the regulations. Then he would need two more people to make sure he was compliant with all the tax regulations. So, in the end you would have 7 people, with one doing real work. 

11 comments:

  1. while it is easy enough to dump on Washington, remember that we use far fewer horses these days, we outsource most things, etc...now, have you checked on working blacksmiths? They are still used and the govt seems not to prevent their use.

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  2. I would believe you if it was a goverment job. You know one man leaning on a shovel while 4 more men watched him do it, and 3 more watching the second four.

    You know, I wonder how many years it took to perfect the anvil? I'll bet we can get the ENM to give us one of him LOL stories about how it came into use.

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  3. DADD . . . don't encourage him.

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  4. PJM, there are working blacksmiths in your county. Google 'blacksmith + (your area)' and you will likely get a 'welder & fabricator'. That guy is a blacksmith.

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  5. You are right about how many Feds it takes to run the Country (a real study of increasing rates of expansion). However, it is our Country and we can change it if we have the will and everyone gets up from the TV and does what they can to correct it.

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  6. Have any of you tried to buy a used anvil lately at a barn sale? The old USA made anvils are gold and even the soft and brittle China mades are out of sight

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  7. A number of years ago I was driving my little car down a country highway when an anvil fell out of the back of the pickup truck in front of me. My brother and I both exclaimed "Is that an anvil?!" just before my car went over the anvil which tore the bottom out of the car. When I asked the guy why he had an anvil he said he was on his way to shoe a horse. So blacksmiths do still exist today they just travel rather than have a shop. By the way, when I asked him why he hadn't secured the anvil in the back of the truck he just shrugged. My car, which I had just bought 3 days before, was totalled. Try telling your insurance company you hit an anvil and see what they say. (What everyone says is "You hit an animal?")

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  8. A friend of mine is a self employed smith. No-one inspects his business for safety and whatnot as he has no employees. If you have no employees, you can do what you want. The only thing the government cares about is the taxes. At least over here.

    I do get the government mandated safety inspections as I have employees. And they are sending some sometimes that have no idea of reality. And you can't just tell em to eff off as they have the power to shut down my business.

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    1. I have had to put up with some of those nuts. They go by what the person wrote last year, and want to improve on it (make it harder).
      Yes, been there done that.

      By the way, Thanks again,PJM for not having those hard to read verifies anymore.

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    2. My sister is a seamstress. No employees. Works from her home but goes to people's homes if needed. You guessed right if you knew she was cited for no handicap parking at her home. The long arm of the government is everywhere.

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  9. Here is a link to a video showing one way anvils are being used in Missouri these days - will take about 2 minutes to watch it...
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IhQ4dE_RGnQ

    I understand the guy in the video (I bet I'd like him if I knew him) is a world champion.

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