All the things on this page are from our smithy near Rodeo New Mexico. Mostly from the Southwestern style of home decor, the items use materials that were available to blacksmiths, ranchers and cowboys in the 1800's. The railroads were a source of high value scrap iron since they began and horseshoes were often re-made from other worn out horseshoes by forge welding layers of metal together to make a bar big enough to make another horseshoe. Ranchers again reverted to this practice during the dark days of world war two when steel was very hard to come by. The thick iron bands that formed the tires on wooden wagon wheels was anothe source of metal to turn into usefull items, and in fact the Indian tribes of Northen New Mexico sometimes used barrel hoops and such for making iron arrowheads. History has shown us that when artisans of any craft go beyond mere competence at their craft, they begn to use their skill and imagination to add pleasing features to the everyday items they make and use. This includes weapons, tools, even the metal items that went into the often primitive structures in which they lived. Southwestern forgings were infuenced by both Mexican culture and the "duke's Mixture" of other cultures that came to the great American Westward migration and stayed to build a culture uniquely their own. Hope you enjoy my ironwork and remember, although these are heavy iems, your total shipping charges per visit are only $7.00 if you are in the contiuous 48 states...Joe
Here, the railroad spikes are used to create a unique towel bar. 19" length with a forged and twisted center feature. Heat-colored to bronze or purple finish, then coated with Penetrol. Ours has been in the bathroom for about six years, with no sign of rust finding its way through the coating. $36.00 Each
Well, here's one granpa probably never made. It's a railroad spike toilet paper holder and it works perfectly. When ordered in sets we make sure the color of the towel bar and TP holder match.
These are railroad spike hooks and they get used for nearly everything. You can screw them to a board or wall for coat hooks, screw them over a window to hang curtain rods on, screw them to the front of cabinets and drawers for handles, My wife hangs things from them in the kitchen. I hang stuff in the shop from them. I have a shotgun hanging in my office on two of them with small felt pads glued to the shanks to keep from scratching up the shotgun. They are forged, twisted, bent, cleaned and then blued or bronzed with heat then coated with penetrol to keep them from rusting. You can fill in the quantities you want in the Paypal window when you click on "add to cart"
Steel dinner bells were used to call people for all sorts of reasons. They callled men to dinner, sounded the alarm in case of fire or other emergency, often began classes in the local school and sometimes signaled a shift change or end of work day. I once knew a fellow who called his hogs in with one. They are the most fun, though, when you use them to signal your daughter to get out of that boy's car and send him home after a date. The large one is about 16 inches tall and the smaller one about a foot tall. Thay have a GREAT sound that carries a long distance. They hang from a leather thong and a braided leather thong keeps the striker close to hand. The revolver is just in the picture to show scale.
Large bell is $24.00 each
Small bell is $20.00