What's New at anvilfire! XIII

Almost every day we are adding new items. In order to help you find the newest additions we have added this page. Here we will try to log changes and additions by date as we make them. There will always be daily changes in the Virtual Hammer-In and the Guru page.

In April 1998 we launched anvilfire.com!
In 1999 we launched the following new features:
  • iForge
  • Web-Ring Nexus
  • Emile's Hot Links
  • AnvilCAM
  • International Registry of
    Blacksmith Touchmarks

  • ABANA 2000 JYH Event
  • ABANA-Chapter.com
  • In 2000 we added:
  • CSI Members & Forum
  • Armoury Page
  • Story Page
  • anvilfire Store
  • Rings @ anvilfire.com!
    We setup our own Ringlink webring hosting system and moved our webrings to it.
  • We now host:
  • The Blacksmiths Ring
  • Steelworkers Webring
  • Country Life and Heritage
  • Architectural Metals*
  • Archeaometalurgy*
  • More to come. . .
    * New - no members
  • In 2001 we added:
  • Archives Page w/ Search
  • Anti-Spam System
  • Shop Safety Page
  • NEW Book Review Page
  • w/ Paw-paw's Corner
  • Revolutionary Blacksmith
  • Slack-Tub Pub Rogues Gallery
  • On-Line Metals Store
  • Anvilfire Tool Auction
  • Drop Down Menus
  • 41 iForge demos
  • James Nasmyth Biography
  • Victor Vera Biography
  • All NEW FAQ's Page
  • In 2002 we have added:
  • Book II of Paw-Paw's Revolutionary Blacksmith
  • Two stories by J.M. Gerlinsky
  • Ray Smiths Notebook of Metalworking Origins
  • Metalworking Glossary
  • International Glossary
  • FAQs dropdown menu
  • NEW Store with Shopping Cart!
  • Mass3j Mass and Volume Caculator
  • Contact Form
  • Edited many new FAQs
  • ABANA Conference NEWS
  • Declared war on SPAM
  • Added clickable iForge images
  • Updated the Slack-Tub Pub System
  • New ABANA-Chapter header
  • 7 New Book/CD Reviews
  • In 2003 we moved to new server and added:
  • New home page slide show
  • Calendar of Events
  • Fahrenwald Calendar page
  • 10 New Book/Video Reviews
  • RepousseTools.com
  • NEW Ancient Trades Web Ring
  • 12 New iForge Demos
  • 4 Editions of the NEWS
  • 8 FAQs/articles
  • FlyPresses.com
  • In 2004
  • Full-Tilt Comics
  • CSI Board Forum
  • 10 new book reviews
  • Joined BS Journal Top 50

  • Punching Force Calculator
  • Riveting Force Chart
  • 5 Editions of the NEWS (300 images!)
  • 6 NEW FAQs/articles

  • What's New archive I (12/98)
    What's New archive II (6/99)
    What's New archive III (12/99)
    What's New archive IV (1st Qtr 2000)
    What's New archive V (2nd Qtr 2000)
    What's New archive VI (3rd-4th Qtr 2k)
    What's New archive VII (1st 1/2 2001)
    What's New archive VIII (2nd 1/2 2001)
    What's New archive IX (1st 1/2 2002)
    What's New archive X (2nd 1/2 2002)
    What's New archive XI (1st 1/2 2003)
    What's New archive XII (2nd 1/2 2003)

    NOVEMBER 1, 2002 * We have our 2,000,000th visitor!

    That is over ONE MILLION per year (353 days). Our curent traffic rate is 1.67 million/year and will exceed 2 million/year sometime next year! This is following the same increase that has had us equaling the total accumulated traffic of the prior years!

    January 1, 2003 @ 2,255,000 Year Start.

    June 30, 2003 @ 3,000,000
    We have broken the three million visitor mark this morning. Traffic is down a little. That is 745,000 visits since January 1st for an average of 4082 visits a day.

    July 28, 2003 : TRANSFERED TO NEW SERVER
    It took 30 days to setup and move to the new server. This included numerous other sites that we host. It then took another couple months to debug everything. . (Five months later we still have issues to address)

    February 23, 2004 @ 4,000,000   
    We broke the FOUR MILLION visitor mark late today. That is one million visitors in less than 8 months!

    October 7, 2004 @ 5,000,000  
    Sometime in the wee hours this morning we broke the 5 million visitor mark! That is another million visits in less 8 months again!

    December 30, 2003 @ 3,723,500  
    Added illustrations and a full bibliography to Bruce "Atli" Blackistone's Swords of Iron, Swords of Steel article on the Armoury page. Also linked to it from our un-released/in progress "Sword Making for Dummies" article.
    December 31, 2003 @ 3,725,200 YEAR END  
    125,765 visits in December
    January 1, 2004 @ 3,726,876    *** HAPPY NEW YEAR! ***
    2003 traffic = 1,471,500 nearly 1.5 million visits per year. Our growth rate has tapered off. In the past our traffic was doubling every year. For this to continue was a mathematical imposibility. We continue to grow but not at the previous meteroic rate.
    January 23, 2004 @ 3,841,686   
    Archived the Calendar of Events for September through December 2003. Past schedules should help planning future schedules.

    Raised prices on ITC products (first time in two years). Low markup was costing us money any time shipping costs were not calculated perfect. . .
    February 1, 2004 @ 3,888,000   
    We had 161,124 visits this month, up over 15,000 visits/month since the last check.
    Posted the in progress Sword Making article. Unfinished as it is, it answers TOO many questions that we repeatedly get on anvilfire.
    February 11, 2004 @ 3,937,197   
    Welcome new advertiser and contributor Fill Tilt Features. Full Tilt Features with a blacksmithing slant will be appearing on our story page. February 14 - 21, 2004   
    Guru visits Costa Rica.
    February 23, 2004 @ 4,000,000   
    We broke the FOUR MILLION visitor mark late today. That is one million visitors in less than 8 months! Or a rate of 1.5 million visits per year.
    March 6, 2004 @ 4,060,500   
    Our server was off-line from about 12:15 to 1:30 today. This is only the third time we have had a real off-line situation in 7 years.
    March 15, 2004 @ 4,100,000   
    Our HOME page broke 1,000,000 hits. That count is 1/4 the total for anvilfire due to there being hundreds of entry points to the site (there are some 300 archive files that have been hit some 400,000 times). Our home page has had double the traffic of the home page of our nearest competitor's who had a two year head start on anvilfire.

    Related off site traffic not counted on anvilfire.
    •  40,100 ABANA-Chapter.com
    • 100,100 ABANA-Chapter.com sites (40)
    • 100,500 Web-rings (list page) cumulative
    •  28,841 Forge Tools
    •  15,221 Repousse Tools
    •   4,841 OldLocks.com
    •   2,493 Flypress.com

    March 26, 2004 @ 4,161,060   
    Launched the 32 edition of the anvilfire NEWS! Covers the Boone Hammerfest, Power hammer Industry changes, NC-ABANA at Oak Hill Ironworks and ANOTHER Dona Meilach call for photos!

    In the past 11 days we have 5,550 visitors a day. A record high!
    April 2, 2004 @ 4,192,415   
    We had a record 153,330 visits in March an average of almost 5,000 visitors a day. That would agerage out to 1.8 million visits in a year.
    In March anvilfire:
    • Served 3,906,953 files
    • Served 28,465,518 bytes of data
    • Found under 15,620 search strings on search engines
    • Hits from Google US 19,019 (google Canada = 2130, UK = 749, AU = 744)
    • Hits from Yahoo 10,849
    • Hits from MSN 6764
    • Visits from 121 countries.
    Traffic oddities include the fact that our hammer weights table is a popular page (1049 hits) second after the heat treating FAQ (4169 hits) and the brake drum forge (1476).
    May 1, 2004 @ 4,324,065   
    134,000 visits in April. As our traffic increases we see greater ups and downs.
    May 20, 2004   
    Launched the 33rd edition of the anvilfire NEWS covering Paw-Paws Mini Hammer-In and the third WV Armour-In.
    May 22, 2004 @ 4,416,147   
    Caught up on posting archives of the Hammer-In and past two weeks of the Guru page. Updated the ITC-100 page to include details of mixing and application.
    May 31, 2004 @ 4,452,258   
    Posted a book review of the NEW 27th Edition of Machinery's Handbook AND updated the old collective review of Machinery's Handbook to include charts of changes and collector's details.
    June 1, 2004 @ 4,458,961   
    Added an HTML version of the Machinery Handbook Tongs Dimensions chart to the collective review and added a new TONGs FAQ with links to all our tongs articles and the tongs chart. Same list of tongs links were added to the tongs demos.

    Also posted a FAQ with Tony's Low Loss Stack and links to side draft hoods.
    June 21, 2004 @ 4,548,700   (100,000 visits in 20 days)
    Updated the "Anvil Selection" FAQ with a list and index of the anvil articles.
    Updated the "Web-sites for Craftsfolk" FAQ with comments about name and address.
    Updated the CSI document viewer so that it could view graphics and PDF's as well as TXT documents.
    Copied (scanned) and posted an official CSI document as an image
    Added the new LittleGiantHammers web site to the PhP Manufacturer's List
    Preformated the ABANA conference NEWS including articles on Stephan Bondi, Camp Fenby and the Longship Company on the History Channel. 24 template pages are setup for the ABANA conference NEWS. Will post on July 7th (you have to wait).
    Edited (local links) and posted Camp Fenby pages.

    Although I have not been entering every change here a LOT goes on "behind the scenes" every day. The above is from one and a half days (I was up until 4am last night) and is typical of my days (on top of answering questions on-line and by mail). Two new book/CD reviews have been written and will be officialy posted soon and 6-8 more are in the works (photos taken, HTML blocked out). I've also done a lot of work on client pages such as the Industrial Gold Air Compressor page, images and banners for the Big BLU site. There are also four new banners for the Kaynes. I have orders to pack and ship AND I need to get ready to go to Camp Fenby and the ABANA conference and time is runing out. . .

    Hopefully the newly incorporated non-profit CSI is successful and I can get some help. Otherwise I will just get more and more behind. . . Oh yeah. . I have to finish building THAT web site too!
    July 1, 2004 @ 4,582,300    123,340 Visits in June
    Posted two new reviews. Dave Manzer's NEW video on Power Hammer Techniques and a review of the Machinery's Handbook CD-ROM.
    July 2, 2004 @ 4,586,619   
    Updated the Selecting Anvils article again with a link to A page about German Anvils. Also updated the Getting Started FAQ with a link to the Tongs Chart and the Selecting Anvils article as well as updating and fixing some links.

    Updated the NC-ABANA conference schedule on the Calendar page with demonstrators and contacts.
    July 4, 2004 @ 4,594,063  
    Posted the review and sales page for Jim Paw-Paw Wilson's NEW BOOK The Revolutionary Blacksmith
    July 7-8, 2004 @ 4,606,876 (wee hours. . )  
    Posted 4 pages and over 24 photos of events at the ABANA conference from Richmond, Kentucky, USA
    July 9, 2004 Morning  
    Last night I crashed from the heat and being on my feet all day. This AM I posted a bit more and will do more today as it is suppossed to be even hotter. . . Today I will spend mid-day here at the motel processing and posting images and attend the evening events tonight.
    July 9, 2004 Late afternoon  
    Posted more pages of conference photos
    July 10, 2004 @ 4,616,611 Afternoon  
    Updated the Calendar of Events page. CanIron V is August 30, 2005 and the Southeast Conference is May 19. More conference NEWS coming.
    July 11, 2004 @ 4,618,678 Morning  
    Posted the last of the ABANA conference NEWS photos until I get home. Must check out NOW!
    July 14, 2004 @ 4,632,397   
    Been constantly updating the ABANA conference NEWS since I got home. All the images were lightened. New images and pages were added. Links and names have been added. Then almost all of the Uri Hofi gallery photos have replaced from reworked originals. They look much better. There will be a few minor edits but for the most part this volume of the news is finished.

    This edition of the news has over 200 photos! 144 are ABANA conference photos. All except 5 were posted during the conference.

    Updated the Calendar of events page with the NEW Gill Fahrenwald 2005 Calendar.
    July 15, 2004 @ 4,635,637  
    Added two NEW JYH's to the User-built JYH Power hammer Page. Ptree's and Ted Banning's
    July 18, 2004 @ 4,647,818   
    Added six more pages to the NEWS covering the ABANA Conference Gallery. Also added photos to the Uri Hofi gallery and articles. Working on more. . .

    5:30 am, added three more pages of images plus a few more on other pages.
    July 22, 2004 @ 4,666,191   
    Over the weekend and today I have continued to tweek the news and add links. Shane Curfman was given credit for the ABANA gallery photos and I have added some links to the URi Hofi Coverage. I also linked the photo of Corrina Messoff to some of her work from earlier news. I have also repaired some old dead links to abandonded CanIron websites. I THINK this edition of the NEWS is finished. .
    July 24, 2004 @ 4,675,733   
    Added a copy of a clipping from a British news paper about Richard Postman's "Mousehole Forge" book to the book review.
    July 24, 2004 @ 4,690,080   
    Archived the guru page. That is the 306th archived anvilfire forum page.
    August 1, 2004 @ 4,703,441 - 121,141 visits in July  
    The new ABANA Camp Fenby edition of the NEWS has had 1,656 visits. Accumulated hits to the news has been 133,591.

    In July anvilfire had:
    • 121,141 visits
    • 14,056 search strings found by
    •  6,922 sites linked to.
    •    122 countries accessing
    • 309,218 files were served.
    • 54,315 "users"* accessed the site.
    * Users are IP addresses. Since many systems use random IP assignment this number is probably much lower and repeat users (we have MANY) may be counted more than once. My local ISP uses two IP addresses. AOL, MSN and other large systems use hundreds and a single user may have a different IP address every time they connect to the net. WE estimate that we have approximately 18,000 users a month. Just goes to show that you cannot trust server stats and that interpreting them is an art.
    August 5, 2004 @ 4,719,746  
    Went through the link lists last night and removed all the links that no longer pointed to the proper content or were dead ends. Had ANOTHER Porn site buy up a blacksmith's URL!

    Our NEW Linking policy is to NOT LINK to any site that uses Pop-Up advertising. I THINK I removed most of the links that had pop-ups. Most were the ones not going where they should. However, free hosting systems keep (YOUR) old content forever and use pop-up ads. So the content is stil there, but it is not maintained and the free hosting system treats it as theirs.

    I still have link lists to go through on other sites we manage. . .
    August 6, 2004 @ 4,721,976  Joined the Blacksmiths Journal "Top Fifty Blacksmithing Sites" link system. You can't have a list like this and not have anvilfire listed less than #1!

    NOTE:   Due to the Top Sites system counting only the pages that have the Top Sites code on them the anvilfire stats reported by Top Sites will be much lower than they actually are. The anvilfire system has individual and site wide counters on thousands of pages while the top site code is only on a dozen or so. We have hundreds of entry pages but only a few are counted by Top Sites. Where we count thousands of individual accesses Top Sites only counts hundreds. Even with this small sampling we currently dominate the list.

    August 8, 2004 @ 4,729,500  
    anvilfire has had 1,000,000 visits this year! That means we should have 1,570,000 visits or more this year bringing our total to 5,300,000!
    August 10, 2004   
    CSI, CyberSmiths International had its first official board meeting. It went fairly smooth. More work to do. I spent much of the day getting the Business Forum setup for the meeting.
    August 13, 2004 @ 4,750,200 (wee hours)  
    At 4:30 am Eastern our server's hard drive is to be is to be replaced. We will be off-line for a couple hours.
    August 15, 2004 @ 4,756,520 (wee hours)   

    Being Friday the 13th was a black omen for our HD problem. The drive and backup stalled at 4:am and it was mid day before we were fully operational. The new drive came with a fresh copy of the OS and management software and some new problems. It took much of Saturday to sort out disk quotas and mail configuration problems. And all of THIS for blacksmithing.

    The Blacksmiths Journal also is having a black weekend. Their site and the "Top Fifty Blacksmithing Sites" which we and many others joined in the past week is broken. Their server has hardware and configuration problems and their site has been off-line much of the weekend. This has resulted in broken image links on everyone's pages that joined the system. They should be back soon.

    A new Traffic Report has been created for our advertisers and will be posted in the rates and advertising page which is being rewritten. The report has the values of the counters on 40 key pages as well as the web-rings.
    September 1, 2004 @ EST 4,839,013 Posted September 13  

    WOW! This month is flying by! Between hard drive replacment, going to the B² Design Power Hammer School and launching a new web site, I completely missed the month end report. Somewhere in there I also rebuilt the advertising page as the report above indicates. The server logs indicate August was a record month. We found an inaacuarcy in our webstats due to weekly clearing of the logs. The traffic for one day every week was lost. This does not effect our counters.

    Visitors for August 2004 = 125,572, 4050 per day, 169/hr, 3/minute.

    In August anvilfire had:
    • 125,572 visits (up 4,300)
    • 16,100 search strings found by
    •  7,706 sites linked to (producing traffic).
    •    107 countries accessing
    • 4205902 files were served (up 111,000)
    • 63,118 "users"* accessed the site.
    * Users are IP addresses.
    September 17, 2004 @ 4,902,062  
    Fixed the POST button problem in the Hammer-In, Calendar of Events, CSI member and business forums and voting system. This problem effected Opera and some new versions of Mozilla as well as IE browsers on certain platforms. They should all work now.

    Sorry for the inconvienience.
    September 24, 2004 @ 4,936,299  
    Launched the 35th Edition of the anvilfire NEWs covering the B² Design Big BLU Power Hammer School and SOFA Quadstate. More photos to be posted during the event.
    September 29, 2004 @ 4,961,843  
    Finished posting what we had for the 35th Edition of the anvilfire NEWs covering the B² Design Big BLU Power Hammer School and SOFA Quadstate. Will update later if photos are submitted in a few days.

    We posted 18 pages with 75 images and text.

    We will break the 5,000,000 visit mark in about 9 days!
    October 7, 2004 @ 5,000,000  
    Sometime in the wee hours this morning we broke the 5 million visitor mark. On February 23 of this year we broke the 4,000,000 mark. That is another million visits in less 8 months again!

    I had planned to make a big deal of this point but was away in Norris TN at the Museum of Appalachia doing a demo with Paw-Paw. In late February or early March or 2005 we will break the 6,000,000 visitor mark then in August or September the 7,000,000 mark! That means that we will possibly hit 10,000,000 in 2006!
    October 15, 2004 @ 5,044,170  
    While catching up on some Slack-Tub registrations (I am WAY behind), we had in ONE week people from the following places register:
    • South Africa
    • Lithunaia
    • Switzerland
    • Norway
    • A dozen from Canada
    • Great Britian
    • Ireland (but had to pull due to bad e-mail address).
    • Many more from the US. . .

    October 19, 2004 @ 5,060,809  
    CSI has adopted its first official bylaws and only has to apply for US 501(3)c status with the IRS to be completly officialy a non-profit with all that implies.
    December 8, 2004  

    Bill Gichner passed away December 8, 2004 at about 10 a.m. He went into a peaceful sleep with Bob Swenson beside him and a few minutes later breathed his last breath.

    Service will be held on Friday at 1 p.m. at the Addis Isreal Synagogue in Washington, D.C. The Synagogue is located at Conn. & Porter St. N. W. Washington. If you need more information about the service or how to get there please call the Synagogue.
    December 9, 2004 @ 5,307,373  
    Posted three book reviews. One covering two new foundry books by Steve Chastain. Then under rare and hard to find, Chainmaking in the Black Country and a new review of the Spanish language book Guía Practica de la Forja Artistica.
    December 14, 2004 @ 5,329,248  
    Posted a punching force chart and calculator under MATH on the 21st century page and on Mass3j.

    Archived the 330th forum archive (guru's page and hammer-in).
    December 17, 2004 @ 5,344,230  
    Posted a riveting force chart under MATH on the 21st century page and on Mass3j. Also setup a Mathematics FAQ to find these under. This and the punching force page are also linked under the press tooling iForge demos.

    Posted a Lathe FAQ.
    December 23, 2004 @ 5,372,027  
    Posted 3 new book reviews and moved the Guía Practica de la Forja Artistica review up toward the top. More coming! Artisan Ideas is going to be carrying this title in mid January.

    Merry Christmas!
    December 31, 2004 @ 12:PM and 5,405,192  
    Posted a year end edition of the NEWS covering the passing of Bill Gichner and KeenJunk.com

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