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Blacksmith David Woodward makes Glassblowing Raking Tool


I am going to make a wild guess: That I am the only glassblower in the world to have a raking tool make from a railroad spike (rail spike)!
 
Blacksmith David Woodward was demonstrating at the Scranton "Arts on Fire" Festival (June 1-3, 2012) and made me this unique raking tool!
 
David J. Woodward
Artist - Blacksmith
TRAIN BROOK FORGE
243 State Route 86
Paul Smith's, New York 12970
(in the Adirondacks)
Phone: (518)327-3747
www.trainbrookforge.com/
djw@trainbrookforge.com

Sorry these photos are only from my smartphone 5 Megapixel camera and not my real camera.
 
Click on any of the photos below to see the full-size image.
 
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Note: The cup with water was used to cool a specific point on the spike so a reverse twist could be applied in the opposite direction to the twist already made!
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I did a Google Image search for railroad spike art, and I was surprised to see over a quarter of a million images returned!
I had no idea so many things could be made out of railroad spikes!
 


 
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