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Old 12-30-2015   #1
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For my retirement...

... my Speed Graphic will be coming out of its retirement.

Now, I need an anvil like I need a hole in the head, but something drew me to buy it. It may be the awesomeness of the mass and density of the object, and its lovely sculptural shape. I will be photographing it. This idea may be the one that awakens the LF plan I've had for my retirement. That Speed Graphic will once again see the light of day.

And I may also pick up another hobby. Does anyone here do blacksmithing or knife-making?
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How much do anvils sell for in your area?

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That anvil on top of a wide flat surface with film negatives underneath would get them flattened quickly!
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So far, so good, Franko! It's like the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow.
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It will very soon be 18 years since I retired! It has been the best part of my life and given me the most enjoyment. Travel and photography rule everything else. Enjoy yours guys!
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Frank,

Congrates on your retirement.

I made a wonderful combat knife that I wish I still had. I bought the blank from Atlanta Cutlery and it was basically the steel from a WWII Kay-Bar with a tang.

At that time I had friends in a machine shop who made me a brass pummel and knife guard. I used Cocobolo for the handle.

I have narrow shoulders, long arms and am very fast and agile. Having a custom knife fitted to your hand is kinda special. With all the moving and disruptions in life somehow I no longer have it, but know that it is one of the few items from my past that I miss.

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That Speed G..is one of the best cams...ever made...enjoy!
Here's my dads..w/Steinheil lens..

I used a more recent model..2x3 & 4x5 Crowns..
Here is a pic he took in the 40's..style of the day..NYC dancer...either the Schneider 3.5 Xenar..or the Steinheil..
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I started doing nothing 13 years ago and I'm not done yet. Congratulations.
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I'm one and a half years into it and have been busy doing nothing as well.
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Well "you can never have too many anvils", is what I always say.
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Glad to hear you've joined us lucky ones Frank Hope you enjoy it as much as I have.
When you mentioned anvil and Speed Graphic in the same sentence I thought at first you were referring to the weight of the camera

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Nice/jealous. In my town there's a fairly healthy knife-making community, including classes at a forge about 10 minutes away, and your anvil would fetch several hundred dollars.
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I'm starting my 16th year of this not working venture and just starting to get the hang of it. Spent 7 years on a sailboat trying to become accustomed to this. I think it is going to be OK!
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What this forum needs is an anvil porn thread
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Retirement--Ah yes. I've been at it just over eight years now. Folks would ask me what I was going to do. I'd tell them the first thing I was going to do was repair a little doll chair that had been in the family forever. I haven't touched that chair yet! Yes, I think I've got the hang of it pretty well.
Somewhere I saw a sign similar to this, "How satisfying it is to do nothing and rest afterwards".
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Enjoy... and photograph like crazy...
I just turned 62, but, I had to retire early, at 55... been waiting to start receiving my SSI retirement checks I paid taxes into all my working life. March 2016 will my 1st....
I can wait till then, that will be my ticket to photograph like crazy...

Enjoy again... and try out Impossible Project Polaroid film also...
A great time to bring grandkids with you...
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Congrats on the milestone and Speed Graphic.

I've had a Speed Graphic since the late 1980s, but didn't begin to really appreciate it until I found that I could simply unscrew the front objective lens of a 7x50 binocular and mount it to a hand made lens board made from thin model aircraft plywood. With a 150mm focal length, and crazy bokeh if used wide open, once stopped down with hand made aperture stops it gets pretty sharp, and the curtain shutter of the Speed Graphic works well for timing the exposures. These cameras are great for adapting makeshift optics - like a Fujinon Xerox machine lens, or even a plastic fresnel magifyer. Great fun.

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Congrats on the milestone and Speed Graphic.

I've had a Speed Graphic since the late 1980s, but didn't begin to really appreciate it until I found that I could simply unscrew the front objective lens of a 7x50 binocular and mount it to a hand made lens board made from thin model aircraft plywood. With a 150mm focal length, and crazy bokeh if used wide open, once stopped down with hand made aperture stops it gets pretty sharp, and the curtain shutter of the Speed Graphic works well for timing the exposures. These cameras are great for adapting makeshift optics - like a Fujinon Xerox machine lens, or even a plastic fresnel magifyer. Great fun.

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Yes, adapting alternative lenses and lenses without shutters was key in my desciion to acquire a Speed G. Thanks for the tip about the binocular lens!

Everyone, at least every retired person, should have a Speed Graphic and an anvil!
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I used to have dozens of hobbies. Since retirement (disability at 55, now 72), I have done less and less. Not that I don't want to, but the world seems out to get me.

Free classes at the Uni, they did away with the program after I had taken one!

Hikes in the mountains, health never got back to allowing that.

Bicycling, still have the bikes, but not the energy.

Camping, I do not know what the excuse is for not doing that.

Fixing things, lots of skills, lots of tools, bad eyes, shaky hands,.

The worst thing is that is hard to start. Even deciding to go to bed, it is hard to get out of the chair an go upstairs. Park the car, sometimes it takes me 30 minutes to get out of the car.

Lack of money, lack of health makes things worst then they would be otherwise.

That all does not mean I do nothing, just that I do not do as much as I think I want or should.

Sigh!
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I used to have dozens of hobbies. Since retirement (disability at 55, now 72), I have done less and less. Not that I don't want to,.......- That all does not mean I do nothing, just that I do not do as much as I think I want or should. Sigh!
Man, I feel for you. My friend, he's a pilot. Medical every 6 months. He bombs forest fires with an airplane. Recently they did away with the mandatory retirement at 65 years. He's 62. Got an 8-year-old son. Beautiful kid. Needs to keep working.

I asked him how he felt about the rule change. He said, "At least I can sock away a little more for the kid. Gonna be tricky but I'll have to take time off for the funeral. "
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Ask me again after tomorrow night's Powerball drawing.
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Frank, you're the guy who told us everyone has to have one Rolleiflex. And later I think you said the same of a Hasselblad. Of course I have a Rolleiflex now thanks to you. But now we hear that you are retiring, and all this time you haven't even had one anvil?
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Frank, you're the guy who told us everyone has to have one Rolleiflex. And later I think you said the same of a Hasselblad. Of course I have a Rolleiflex now thanks to you. But now we hear that you are retiring, and all this time you haven't even had one anvil?
My first anvil ever!

Some items are classics that everyone should at least try out to see if it works for them. Leica M2, Barnack Leica, Rolleiflex, Hasselblad, etc.
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... my Speed Graphic will be coming out of its retirement.

Now, I need an anvil like I need a hole in the head, but something drew me to buy it. It may be the awesomeness of the mass and density of the object, and its lovely sculptural shape. I will be photographing it. This idea may be the one that awakens the LF plan I've had for my retirement. That Speed Graphic will once again see the light of day.

And I may also pick up another hobby. Does anyone here do blacksmithing or knife-making?


I do a little playing about with knives and swords. Like you it is something I picked up recently in retirement. Mainly I have been buying various fittings and blades for Japanese Kataka (copies of course given the price of originals and how inadvisable it would be to turn a neophyte loose on them) and fitting out my own. It involves polishing and sharpening the blade (no forging) but there are some fittings that have to be forged and welded from iron or non ferrous alloys. Plus wood work for the scabbard and handle.

If you have a proper anvil I envy you. They are hard to find and for now I make do with a section of railway track. A local knife maker runs two day hands on knife forging classes and I am seriously considering it as a way of getting into the whole bade making thing. In which case I will need to find one. I may pick up a small one - suited to smaller fittings in my hardware store (yes they do have some believe it or not).

BTW if you ars so inclined there are some good youtube videos on how to make home gas powered home forges for heating and tempering blades. Well within most peoples skill to make a forge it seems to me. May be a bit more complex to use it properly.

The photo on the right is a sword I am making right now and the other is a sword I bought on eBay to use for iaido - Japanese swordsmanship. (I forgot to mention I took that up too).

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Excellent, Peter!

Photomoof, I forgot to mention Bronica S2a with Nikkor lenses. I love them too.
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Good to hear about the retirement, Frank. It's something I highly recommend. When the company told me I couldn't work anymore, it certainly didn't break my heart (someone else got to it before they did).

Have fun with the anvil, and Graflex. I miss my Special with the Schneider lens.

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Thank you. While I am not surprised, I'm having no problem adjusting to this new lifestyle. It is glorious.
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BTW, I did not say Happy Retirement, Frank!
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Thanks Tom! It's been a year and a half so far, and it's been great. Pot at the end of the rainbow.
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...can't stop thinking about anvils. Is that GAS?
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I have this "rail anvil," best tool I ever bought. Machined surface. It is precise enough to pound out camera body sheet metal. Worth every penny.



"Tako Kana" are used for "tapping-out" the Jigane (soft steel) of the plane iron when the Ura (the area behind the cutting edge) becomes too narrow. For this purpose, one edge has been ground to a radius. This tool is also excellent for general purpose use as an anvil. It is made from special steel, carefully tempered, so as not to damage the plane iron. - See more at: http://www.japanwoodworker.com/Produ....fEq6zCtS.dpuf
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Kinda reminds me of when I was a kid, when we use to steal this steel right angle plate that joins the wood planking that protects the third rail (electrified) so we could rig lawn mover engines onto stingray bikes.

The plate was the perfect size for the job as if it were engineered.

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Harbor Freight Tools stocks anvils. Check their website.
When you do a bit of reading up on anvils you'll learn about good and bad. These HFT cast iron ones are disparagingly called "anvil shaped objects" which lack the metallurgic characteristics of a good anvil.

A site that I've learned some stuff on is IForgeIron.
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How much do anvils sell for in your area?
Some place between, "I will pay you to get that out of here." & "More than you can afford." They are just like Kettle Drums that way. Or, white elephants, for that matter.
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