• Railroad Spike Hooks


    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.

    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. Hang things from them in the kitchen or in the shop.  We have seen a shotgun hanging 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 coated with Penetrol to keep them from rusting.

    $10.00 each

    Thanks for looking!

    Jaime & Debbie  ~  Vail, AZ
    Things Western, LLC