Creating a Basic Hook on a Railroad Track Anvil

This short video is particularly interesting because the blacksmith, Timothy Charles, is forging the hook on a very long piece of railroad track tapered into a horn at one end. It’s an excellent example of using DIY ingenuity when genuine anvils may be scarce or too expensive.

You can see similar techniques to this video: drawing out, tapering, and scrolling. Practicing these basic skills on small projects like this eventually leads to blacksmithing mastery.

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