My First Go at a Horned Anvil in the Viking Style
Over the last couple of weeks I put some of my free time into forging a small, horned anvil with my friend Jonathan. I chose a simple form reminiscent of some of the horned anvils of the Viking era – basically a squarish anvil with a tapered base and a small, flush horn off of one face. The idea was to gain some skill with assembling an anvil body with a horn and to face both the body and the horn with one plate of steel. For the body and horn I chose mild steel and for the face I chose 1060 steel which withstands forge welding quite well and is nicely hardenable. To join the body and the horn so I could heat them together in a coke forge I borrowed an idea that I got from a random picture I saw on the internet. It was a copperplate engraving which showed the horn tenoned through the top of the anvil – probably from the Diderot encyclopedia. I scarfed the horn so that I could blend the seam of the weld to the body and it worked quite well. The steel face was tacked on with a few TIG welds to keep it on during its welding process. When it all survived the quench to harden the face I was very relieved! The anvil weighs 4.7 kg (10 lbs 6 oz) and is a little over 7 inches tall.
Below are pictures of the process and here is a LINK to video footage of welding the horn.