Step-by-Step: Making an "S" Hook

Blacksmith: Robert Elliott

Photos by Brenda Ross

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Beginning with a piece of 1/4" round x 3" long, mild steel stock.  Bob uses tongs to hold the stock and a 2# hammer to strike.  This hammer has a rounded face on one end to draw the metal and a flat face on the other to finish the metal.

Heat the stock to a red-orange color.  If not this hot, you are working the metal too cold.

Bob uses the anvil's horn to first, square, and then, taper, the end of the stock.  This step begins the drawing-out  process. Bob use 90 degree turns to rotate the stock.  The hammer face squares one side while the anvil surface squares the opposite.  It is not necessary to strike all four sides with the hammer.  The hammer and anvil work together to do this.

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