The railroads were a source of highly valued 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 II when steel was very hard to come by. The thick iron bands that formed the tires on wooden wagon wheels was another source of metal to turn into useful items and, in fact, the Indian tribes of Northern 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 begin 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 influenced 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 our ironwork.
Here, the railroad spikes are used to create a unique towel bar, 19" in length with a forged and twisted center feature. They are forged, twisted, bent, cleaned and then coated with Penetrol to keep them from rusting.
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