This week my buddy brought over this anvil he built for me. Woot! Can't wait to start working with this. I'll post my progress on how it continues to get shaped, polished and heat tempered prior to putting it to use. It'll be a bit of a learning process for me, and I'll share my challenges and successes along the way.
Last Christmas, my wife gave me a kick-ass book that I'll be putting to heavy use during this phase. "The Complete Modern Blacksmith" by Alexander G. Weygers is right up my alley.
He "explains the hows and whys of inventing, improvising, and constructing "things" out of "nothing."