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These are hook I just came up with farting around during a 10 demo at the state fair in Spokane, wa Call them Steam Buff Hooks cause that is the organization that has me out to do the demo. Figured out the fewer bigger odd hammer blows creates the right visual effect of "facets" on the hook. If you get to many it looks mauled up, and unshapely. Less is more. I like em they are fun to do.
This is not really a project (yet). I found a nice old axle in the scrap. I must have been there a hundred years because its entire length is deeply pitted. I kinda like that - it has a texture that nature has provided and it adds to the individuality of the thing. Anyway, I got to thinking what to do with it. It would make a fine hat stand, perhaps using rail spikes for the hooks. An old dray axle rim for the base would complement it well. Just thoughts at this stage. Any other suggestions to take advantage of the weathered nature of this piece? Here's a pic of the full axle and a close up of its surface:
Yes I know RR spikes have been done to death, but hey lets kick that dead horse one more time. bla bla bla lol and here it is. left head and point intact, drew out the middle to about 2.5 x original length. folded point over its self, bent the hook, and twisted. Punched holes. 24" x 1/4" x 2" Flat bar. 1 1/4" from end I necked the bar down to 1" wide and then drew out the ends then rounded all the corners off. Texture was done with a straight peen hammer and it is "hit and miss" meaning don't texture every inch of the bar and use very heavy hammer blows moving accross the bar. Punched the bar then welded the back side of hooks so they don't swivel, hey why not I got a welder right here. Placed rivits in the hole, cut off the extra on the back and welded them also------I got a welder right here, then I finished the piece off with some bees wax, cause the bees wax just makes that iron dead sexy, oh you know what i am talking about!!!! It ends up being 30" long x 14" wide Thanks for viewing
I've been making metal hats for over 30 years. In the beginning they were small ones, 1" to 1-1/2" long. Now they are around 4" long. I started making the larger ones when I was going to do a demonstration of how to make them for the North Texas Blacskmith Asssociation. Good place to do a cowboy hat demo, don't you think? I have now done the demo many times around the country and I'm surprised at the number of other people now doing that demo and how many people are having fun making hats. Here are a few of my hats. I wear many hats in this business. :rolleyes: This is Lasso Larry, circa 1985. This one I did in some damascus/pattern welded sheet that I made. I did this just before the Texas demo. This one is a more recent one. They are fun to do and not hard either. Maybe this will give you some inspiration?