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Gain Some Real Weight for the Holidays: Essential Craftsman Scott Wadsworth gives you a chance to win a 160# anvil for Christmas


Constant readers know that one of my favorite YouTube channels is The Essential Craftsman. I don’t watch to learn, but I always do. I don’t watch it to improve my building and blacksmithing skills because I have no skills and don’t fancy learning them at this time in my life.

I do watch The Essential Craftsman because Wadsworth’s character and persona are deeply human, intelligent, hardworking and compassionate. He is the consummate gentle man for this rude age.

I watch The Essential Craftsman because I am fascinated by a detailed and step by step series in building a spec house from the purchase of the land on up.

I watch The Essential Craftsman because it reminds me that there are men in the world who have the skills and the will to actually build the world dimensional.

As part of the Christmas spirit, Wadworth is giving away an 800-pound anvil. And yes you need one. And yes they’ll ship it. And yes if you win and really can’t use it they’ll help you find a buyer. (There are plenty of them and this one will go at a premium. It’s valuable.) Afraid of The Weight? Don’t be:

[*** Disclosure: I get an extra chance for everybody that clicks that link to enter. So, yeah, I’m in it to win it but since Essential Craftsman has +600,000 subscribers I’m still at looooooong odds.]

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  • ghostsniper December 14, 2019, 1:46 PM

    “…a chance to win…”

    And 24 hours later your spam engine will need new crank bearings.

    Go check the shipping cost for an anvil.
    Anyway, I already have an anvil and use it frequently.
    But it’s not really an anvil, it’s a section of railroad track.
    Picked it up at a tractor sale for $20.
    Got another one that belonged to my Pappy.

  • Vanderleun December 14, 2019, 1:55 PM

    1. Not from the Wadsworths. Never no spam from them. They really are decent folks who can be trusted.

    2. They will ship it to you. LISTEN to what he says on that issue. If you win you don’t pay shipping.

    3. Anvil ain’t no railroad track. You know that. Not everybody in Bear Hollo gots them a shadetree pappy.

    4. Checking ebay I see that vintage anvils are going from multiple hundreds to multiple thousands.

    5. In contemporary, non-steamdriven email apps they got them this har thing kawled yer spammer filter. I don’t know it that’s before or after yer email gets run through yer copper kettle but I got me one of them thar spammer filters and it don’t bother me much at all yer damn skippy.

  • ghostsniper December 14, 2019, 2:52 PM

    Wail, if’n yor medium age or mor and you don’t already have sumfink solid to beat on you prolly don’t need one. But then, a lucky person could sit it in the corner of the livin room as an art object and if the sun shines on it a certain cat might find it fetching.

  • Vanderleun December 14, 2019, 3:34 PM

    I be a mite more yars than that there youngun obre in da kirnner sleepin on her fur butt and i’m not at all shure that hauling that thar thing up inta my partment is a gud idear. but yah a sartin slant0light on that thar winter afternooner might give her a sheen and a shine.


  • Chas C-Q December 14, 2019, 4:28 PM

    Thanks for the pointer. Though I neither need nor want an anvil, I will look at the series.

    I currently get my fix of manly/soulful artist inspiration watching Ian Roussel on “Full Custom Garage”. His beatnik sculptor, mostly one-man approach is a huge step back from the big-business, full-on thrash crews of Foose, Kindig, Martin, etc.

  • Auntie Analogue December 14, 2019, 7:11 PM

    What?! We get anvil, but no chorus?

    Here ya go! . . . : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lsw9mhunz3Y

  • Nori December 14, 2019, 7:54 PM

    Never miss a chance to win Heavy Metal.

  • Margot Plummer December 14, 2019, 10:32 PM

    I worked in a factory for nearly 37 years. For several of those years, I worked with a man who had the best comments. Some of our fellow workers weren’t as precision minded the way he was and he’d say, “That guy could wreck an anvil”. That said it all.

  • John Venlet December 15, 2019, 3:55 AM

    Wadsworth didn’t happen to get it from Wile E. Coyote, or Acme, did he?

  • ghostsniper December 15, 2019, 4:48 AM

    Now that I’ve looked that anvil rig over here are a couple things I’d do if I won it – yes, I entered.
    Though he ground the bolt ends down they still protrude enough to dig grooves in the sides of legs passing by quickly and too close, so additional grinding is necessary. Maybe even lay it on it’s sides and fill the depressions with resin.

    Next, the containing chain bolts just won’t do. They are currently installed in the end grain and will eventually pull loose. So the chains need to be longer and bolted into the sides, again, with the bolt tips ground down. I do, however like his choice of using chains, looks stable and unique.

    The naked wood needs to be dressed in a couple coats of waterproofing, and grind the top corners off. Since my workshop is small, 24’x24′, everything needs to have wheels so some sort of lockable heavy duty castors would be mandatory.

    In order to do any of this stuff I’d need to fabricate out of timber an overhead gantry like the one I made about 20 years ago for removing an engine from a truck. 161 lb anvil with about 50 lbs of wood and hardware is beyond my capabilities now a days. A couple cast iron pulley’s and an old crank off a boat trailer would do the trick. Other than that, it’s a cool give away and the new owner will enjoy it I’m sure – some more than others. Oh yeah, maybe have Wadsworth sign and date the side of it with a soldering iron.

  • sam caffer December 15, 2019, 4:53 AM

    Don’t pay GS no mind; he’s wrong about most everything, most of the time. All afterburner and no compass heading.

  • Vanderleun December 15, 2019, 6:48 AM

    The signing and dating thing would work out just fine.

  • ghostsniper December 15, 2019, 7:37 AM

    A heavily soiled diaper is causing somebody bawl.

  • Big Bear December 15, 2019, 8:20 AM

    Anyone know what that comment means?

  • Vanderleun December 15, 2019, 2:49 PM

    “Why must thar always be fightin’ and killin’? Why cain’t thar be peace in the valley?” — Gabby Hayes

  • ghostsniper December 15, 2019, 3:01 PM

    Just another troll needing parental maintenance. sigh

  • Jpm December 17, 2019, 8:04 PM

    “3 things that as a child, I thought were going to be a much bigger problem than they turned out to be: Dynamite, quicksand and anvils”

    John Mulany