New blacksmiths may find solace in the fact they do not need to purchase a high end anvil and forge right off the bat. In fact, we can get pretty ideal heating temperatures and solidity from relatively inexpensive, basic items. While it might make sense to upgrade at some point down the line, any new blacksmith will be able to get by - and get results - with on a low budget. The following two guides show a couple of the most cost-effective methods for creating an anvil and forge ideal for someone getting into the art of blacksmithing.
The Macgyvered Anvil
There are many options for creating the most basics of anvils. One of the most commonly used methods is to seek out a piece of railroad track at a local scrap steel yard and lock it in place by using a bucket of sand. Using forge heavy duty steel as the base is vital, but even using a large (1ft+) sized stone from the woods / your backyard can make due as an anivl. As long as it can withstand a mass of 50-100 pounds to hit upon you should be in good shape.
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The Macgyvered Forge
Similar to hacking together an anvil, the same can be done for forges. The fundamental concept is to acquire a vessel, some type of fire cement / mud, a pipe, and a fan. Ultimately you just need a way to force air into the fire to get it the point of heating metal at workable temperatures. One of the commonly used macgyvered forges is to insert a pipe into the side of a pot (or similar metal vessel) and simply fill with fire cement and blow air in via a standard hair dryer.
You can read the step by step method for this particular macgyvered forge here:
Another popular variation can be found in the video below (credits to epicfantasy)