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Long-time TM reader tmib_seattle¬†posted this picture of a horse head clearly made on a forge. I love forge projects like this. In many ways, the forge is a great way to demonstrate the pyramid-like process by which complex items (and the tools used to craft them) are made. Each skill learned on the forge seems so simplistic in singular application as to border on useless, but they’re anything but. Instead, a creative person can combine even just a few basic forge techniques to make something really slick — like this horse head.

I really need to get off my ass and put together a basic gas forge so I can start the learning process. Be sure to check out tmib_seattle‘s other photos for lots (and lots) more forge work. And why not share your latest project with TM readers in our Flickr pool?

Horse Heads [Flickr]


3 Responses to Reader Project: Forged Horse Heads

  1. I found that too, you don’t need to know that much to be able to make some quite sophisticated things. After my day at a forge I’d made a fork, a pendant, a coping saw and a ram’s head bottle opener

  2. Jerry says:

    Firstly, this is quite cool. It took about 5 seconds for me to visualize having the horse mane split at the back and a hole up through the center to slide in a hammer handle. If you don’t see it, just imagine a hammer head overlay on the picture. Hammer nails with the “nose” and pull ’em out with the mane. Not practical for use but a great thing to hand down – not that the original horse shown here wouldn’t be treasured by relatives.

  3. TMIB_Seattle says:

    Just wanted to give a shout out to give credit where credit is due. These were made by Bruce Crittendon when he came out to Hahobas Boy Scout Camp to give a demo at our blacksmith program area.

    Bruce does amazing work. One of the neatest things that he does really well is come up with cool ways of making tools to create custom shapes. For example, look at the wavy handles on the forks in this picture:

    They were made by the simple set of round bars and angle iron shown here:

    Bruce makes some neat hinges using those horse heads too. Would make a neat decorative touch to a stable door or barn.

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