Special custom order hand forged to customer specs. The handle starts as 1-1/2” round bar and one end is upset to 2”. The risers start as 1” square bar that is upset to 1-1/2”. The risers are then pierced to form the rings. After piercing they are heated to press on to the bar. When the risers cool, they shrink to grip the bar and become solid. After the risers are installed the other end of the round bar is upset finishing the overall length to 18”. The finished product is a very heavy duty nice feeling front door handle or large barn door handle.
The Rustic hand forged Railroad Spike Drawer Pull is made from the remnants of a railroad spike.
After a railroad spike cabinet pull or knob is made from the head, there is about 5″ remnant left over.
The spike knobs are popular so it doesn’t take long to acquire a giant pile of spike remnants.
The very first spike handle I made from the remnants was the “Hand Forged Rustic Drawer Pull“.
One end of the remnant was the pointed end of the spike and the other was square from the saw cut.
The square end is heated and forged into a point to match the other side, then an arch is pressed and hammered for the grab.
This has a nice rustic look but it didn’t keep up with the ever growing pile of remnants.
The second attempt was the “Horse Head Cabinet Pull“.
Many of these little horses have been born and galloped off to greener pasture.
They have been harnessed to pull cabinets and drawers and saddled with toilet paper and paper towels.
Red hot steel is fun to press, form and hammer into different shapes.
Learning how to get the desired results takes practice. By the time you start to get close to your goal, you are standing knee deep in a pile of scrap metal. Some of the ideas come from mistakes made when trying to achieve an entirely different goal. I can’t remember what I was trying to make when the Hammered Square Knob line started but most importantly my wife liked them. It wasn’t long before my house was full of them. Then came the other fixtures like toilet paper and paper towel holders, coat hooks and drawer handles.
We twist three pieces of 1/4″ hot rolled round steel bar into wrought iron rope fixtures.
First, the start of a crown knot is tied in the end of the items that are hooks or paper holders.
With a hot forge, anvil and a hammer, we shape the rope into various items.
After we shape the fixtures, we steel brush them to smooth the edges and remove the slag that forms in the hot forge. The steel brushing leaves them shiny, so we put them back in the forge to bring out the natural patina color of forged steel. Most of the images are colored with “Matt Clear” which coats and protects but keeps the natural color visible. We have 15 color options to choose from.
Most of the items have come at the request of customers.
Please contact us with your thoughts or ideas and we will be happy to hammer them into shape.