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Recently I was in Door County Wisconsin.  Stopped by the Maritime Museum at Gill's Rock, (AKA Deaths Door)  Outside this hook caught my eye.  do you think it is wrought?  was it the product of a steam hammer?   You can still see hammer marks on it.  for scale, that it 5/4"x6" deck boards below it.  

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I would say Yes: the grain pattern visible on the side of the eye and on some of the chain links is pretty typical of WI. 

Maritime ironwork that's exposed to salt air and ocean spray shows this kind of pattern even more vividly.

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WI, yes.

As to steam hammer; perhaps.  Some of the hammer marks I see may be post production when someone was trying to shift the hook.

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They are fun to make. I've made them from 3/4" square stock. 

There is a good lesson on making these in Schwartzkopf's book

"Plane and ornamental forging", Ernst Schwarzkopf (Author)

This book was used by the NYC school system as their blacksmithing course around 1900. Its avalable in many places.

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Motomike.. It's kind of an inside joke.. Internal that is.. 

Anvil, that is a great book..  I love it mentions using weights as an easy way to figure out estimated sections and it conviently mentions this like very early on.. LOL..    

Probably one of the better books I have seen in awhile for guts information..  

I had or have a copy of this book somewhere..  My copy was red though..  Great book..  Thanks for sharing it.. 

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The book and the link has been added to the book section of the site.

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10 hours ago, arkie said:

Steamboat, Wow! Great book! Thanks a million for posting the link.

Glad the link was helpful. And thanks to Anvil and Jennifer for suggesting and endorsing the book. I hadn't seen it before and I've already found some useful material in it.

The section on building a chain hook with a swivel looks like a particularly challenging exercise.

Al (Steamboat)

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Forging a swivel is also discussed in "Practical Blacksmithing", Richardson; and IIRC with consideration of doing so in real wrought iron.

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On 8/28/2018 at 10:40 AM, ThomasPowers said:

WI, yes.

As to steam hammer; perhaps.  Some of the hammer marks I see may be post production when someone was trying to shift the hook.

Yup

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