The Iron Hook
The Iron Hook
Using the age-old craft of blacksmithing to create a hand forged, hook for your home.
Using the age-old craft of blacksmithing to create a hand forged, hook for your home. Read more
About this project
Designed and created to simply display the things that surround us in our home, while not drawing anymore attention than required.
My wife and I have learned that storage space and the need for organization is a premium in our little home. But it wasn't a mass produced product we wanted surrounding us in our home. If space is a premium, then we wanted things of value and meaning. Things with simple lines, that fit with the designs of today as well as have the recognition of the craftsman's hands.
This is the birthplace for the Iron Hook. Made from solid iron with a simple half round shape forged into the front of the hook. To grab that favorite old sweater or your new personal accessory bag, there is nothing more that is required to pull the job off showcasing the things that make you, who you are.
The process of blacksmithing has been around for a very long time and little has changed since then. Allowing the process to guide the design of the work brings efficiency and beauty into the piece. The effects of quick decisive action while the steel is hot leaves an everlasting impression in the cooled iron. These hooks display this process, with the contrast of a once soft material now hard and tough.
Made by me, in my one man shop in Abbotsford BC Canada, each piece is handled by my hands through every step it takes to create these hooks. I use equipment that I have spent literally the greater part of my life gathering together to be able to blacksmith. Most of my tools I have made or are well over half a century old, gathered from all over the world. I consider it a privilege and honor to be able to work with tools that craftsmen before me have used and made their living with.
Blacksmithing for a career. Really?
Blacksmithing is something I've always been passionate about from a young age of thirteen. I started out with buying a couple old hammers from a local thrift store with money I had earned from my paper route and with the help of my dad built my first forge.
I soon realized that in order to keep blacksmithing, I had to find a way to buy the iron and coal that I so desperately needed to keep learning this craft, along with more tools! So I had to jump into being a salesman and businessman at the whopping old age of thirteen.
Local craft shows rolled into custom projects and in the summers between high school, I soon had to face the honest question of, "Can I actually do blacksmithing for a career?" Instantly I knew the answer, "What else would you want to do Tim!" Perhaps not the most comforting answer from a good business perspective, but a truthful one none the less!
Even though that was quite some time ago, little has changed - I'm still passionate about blacksmithing and enjoy learning the craft and acquiring the tools I need to do this!
If you want to hear more about the reason I enjoy being a craftsman in this day and age, I invite you to watch the video below.
Here's where you come in! Kickstarter I need your help to continue growing my blacksmithing shop and business.
I need to set up some big equipment - 11,000 lbs worth! My wife (she's great) and I took our precious life savings and purchased a very old American made power hammer, which will be used to forge even bigger material than I currently can!
Setting up this machine is a massive job. With the success of this campaign, we will be able to finally have it fully operating and running once again!
Things left to do:
1) Have a dozen five-foot long, large custom bolts made in order to fasten down the power hammer to the newly poured foundation.
2) The purchasing of large hardwood timber that will be used to go under the hammer to keep vibrations down.
3) Temporary crane systems to gently lower this mammoth of a power hammer down onto its foundation.
4) Purchase the electrical wire and wiring installation.
Mounting the Hook
Each hook comes with a mounting screw and drywall anchor to ensure that you can mount these hooks anywhere you wish! Even though the hook can take a lot of weight (it's one solid piece of iron), the weakest link will probably be your wall and I recommend you use your hook to hang more conventional things, than say your favorite hammers and anvils!
Length: 2-1/2 inch.
Diameter: 1-1/2 inch.
Weight: 1.3 lbs
I've worked hard to figure out packaging and the best shipping method to bring your hook safely to you. One great thing about being a blacksmith is that the work itself is very robust and does not easily damage in shipping. However there is a flipped side to this coin, even though the Iron Hook is streamlined and thin, it still has some heftiness to it which means international shipping can add up pretty quick.
For international orders out of North America, the ideal situation is if you have some long lost family in the northern part of Canada, or have a favorite cousin living to the south of us and can arrange to ship it to them - then you can pick it up in person next time you visit! But if you can't weight (pun intended) I'll be more than happy to ship it to you!
June - End Kickstarter campaign
July - Manufacturing
August - Manufacturing/packaging
September - Shipping
Risks and challenges
Blacksmithing takes lots of grunt work! Making these hooks is no exception. I'm a pretty wiry guy and thrive on hard work! But there are some limitations to what I can do, so when you come through and we get the mother load order of hooks, the first thing I'm going to do is start eating pork and beans straight from the can to beef up and get to work! Along with that, I might need you to be gracious and give me just a little bit of time to craft your special hook and ship it to you, as we are not a large scale manufacturer, but a little company committed to you and each piece.
My wife and I are committed to transforming our little 600 sq ft apartment into a busy shipping headquarters to send your hooks as fast as we can. We've done our diligence in working out all the logistics to have your hooks cross international borders without any hang ups. However, it seems there may be a chance that you could get randomly picked to pay an extra duty charge. I'm sorry for this inconvenience but hope you believe that supporting us is worth the added bit of risk, rather than not having our hooks!
Thank you for your support!
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