I've been using a foot long section of railroad track as an anvil. Since I have nothing to compare it too, I can only take the word from other blacksmiths that this is making it very difficult for me. But what can I do? No cash.
Or, if not smithies per se, were you otherwise trained in the metallurgic arts before straitened circumstances forced you into a life of aimless wanderin'?
I found another 6 foot section of it, and decided to actually put some effort into it. I cut off a 2 foot section, and added a steel block I found to the top. Next, I'm going to try to cut a horn out of the other end. Lots of work ahead of me. I'm hoping my miter saw and an angle grinder will do the job.
I'm also thinking about filling in the hollowed out space with lead. Maybe drill a few holes in the steel so the lead won't break loose once I start hammering on it.
Any suggestions are always appreciated. Here's a pic of what I have so far (try to ignore the welding job... I only started working with metal a week ago.)