|building a stake
||[Feb. 25th, 2010|11:52 pm]
Tools and jewels -- sales and trades!
Hey. Not sure anyone is out there, as this community hasn't been updated in 6 months. But if any silversmiths out there are watching, I have a question:|
I am making a stake/anvil out of an old railway spike, and was wondering if it was essential for me to draw the temper before completing the polishing process. The steel was poured and never worked, so I assume I would want to harden it before making a hammering tool out of it. Any opinions? I would prefer to just leave it, since I am, by nature, lazy. But I also know that if it isn't hardened and my hammer slips while rounding out a blank I could very easily dent a tool I have invested significant time on.
Are there any online guides to toolmaking you would recommend? And what about secondhand tool sellers? I hope to get my shop up and running in the next few months, and still need some supplies for a serious silverworking endeavor.