I was asked to immediately display my Zelda tattoo.
phalliccheesesteak asked: I am just starting to want to get into blacksmithing. And I love your forge! I hope to make something like it in my backyard.
That’s Great! Get onto Iforgeiron.com. It’s a stupendous resource for info, pointers, and how-tos. Everyone on there is extremely helpful. Look for local blacksmithing associations. They are always having swap-meets, which are great places to pick up basic tools (cross peen hammer, tongs[get plenty of tongs!], hardies, chisels, and get a good pair of safety glasses). Ultimately, a good smith should make his own tools. That’s why the hammer is considered the parent of all tools. And Thor’s weapon of choice.
When you start looking for anvils, try checking out a local iron railings business. I asked a guy who came into where I was working at the time if he had an old anvil lying around. Luckily enough, he did! And he passed it off for free! Ask and you shall receive. Haha