Blacksmith Beginnings: Lesson 3 | Ron Payne | Skillshare
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6 Lessons (20m)
    • 1. Introduction

      0:27
    • 2. Project: Drive hook

      0:40
    • 3. Ha'penny scroll

      3:49
    • 4. Forging the drive portion

      7:00
    • 5. Forging the snub end and hook

      6:54
    • 6. Conclusions

      1:17

Project Description

A drive hook with a decorative twist.

There are many ways to create a hook.  For this lesson, the project will be to make one style of hook, the drive hook.  The hook end will be a ha'penny scroll.  There will also be a decorative twist in this hook.

Skills

Bending

Bending using a bending fork, right angle bending, bending using the anvil.

Drawing a taper

To create the "drive" part of the drive hook, one end is drawn to a taper similar to an old-fashioned forged nail.

Scrolling

The "hook" side of the project will be a "ha'penny" scroll.  Sometimes called a "snub end" scroll or simply a "penny" scroll.

Twisting

A simple way to add decoration to wrought iron work is with a twist.  There are many variations on the twist, for now, it will be a simple square twist.

Tools and materials

Forge

Anvil

Hammer

Tongs

Steel:  I'll be using a piece of 3/8" by 12" round stock.  

Class Project

Forge a drive hook.

Resources

Astragal Press: a source for books.

CoSIRA: A source of downloadable books covering a variety of skills.

Student Projects

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