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World famous Wally Yater Swage Block Pair
Wallace Yater swage blocks, face
Wallace Yater swage blocks, obverse

Wallace Yater of Boonsboro, Maryland, U.S.A. designed and made these blocks in the late 1970's and early 1980's. Wally hand finished all his blocks and cone mandrels using several grinder/sanders with different sized wheels. This made them one of the best blocks sold in the last half of the 20th century. The unusual feature of these blocks is the cone shape that extends from one block to the other, making them a pair.

This pair was purchased new about 1985. The photos were taken in 2006 of the unused blocks that had been in storage since new.

Wally was very frugal and at one time wrote an article about using 2 liter drink bottles to replace the plastic in his face mask as he was using them up rapidly with all the grinding he was doing.

After an aborted deal with Centaur Forge Wally sold his patterns in the late 1980's and they ended up with Laurel Machine and Foundry and were never cast. Currently John Elliot of Blacksmiths Supply has them and has had some test castings made. If they are marketed they will probably not be the beautiful hand finished product that Wally sold in the 1970's and 80's.

Yater Blocks plus one and a BIG steel ball at Daniel Boones

Yeater Blocks plus one and a BIG steel ball at Daniel Boones

Double views of a beautifully finished pair of Yater Blocks sold on ebay.


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