Forging a Basket Twist S Hook // Blacksmith Projects to Sell

Forging a Basket Twist S Hook // Blacksmith Projects to Sell

Hello, everyone welcome back to the shop .Today I’m going to be showing you how to make a basket twist s hook. Thanks for watching Okay, everyone. Here we are at the workbench. So the first step in making this basket twist s hook is we’re going to need multiple bars to do this. Now there’s a lot of different ways that you can do this. You know you can do square bars. You can do a rectangular stock. You name it. There’s a whole menagerie of different things you can do. You can do a square bar, and you could have it twisted first and then put all those together And then make a make a basket twist for a different effect. There’s a whole lot of different options that you can do here. But today, we’re going to just focus on the simplest of them, and that’s using round rods. So the first thing we’re going to need is we’re going to take a need to make a Uneven amount well or an even amount if you will amount of rods Okay, everyone here. We are at the Workbench So the first step in this basket twist is we’re going to need to take and cut ourselves multiple lengths of rod. now that being said how much rod to cut to length. I know most of My s hooks take and require at least 8 inches of material to make the s hook. But I also know that after we’ve bundled all these together we’re going to draw out the ends a little bit of the basket twist to turn into the hooks. So I don’t need quite 8 inches of material I’m needing more of about 7 inches of material and actually a little less. We’re needing about six and a half inches of material for each cut length of rod. The reason why we have to take and have an inch and a half difference is that that will leave me about three quarters of an inch on each end to take draw out to the full eight inches of rod that we’ll need or the total length before we make a hook out of this thing, so the first step in this process is we will cut six Bars or seven if you like to do seven or six or five or whatever floats your boat. But we’re going to cut six lengths of Rod All at six and a half inches in length Then we’ll bundle them together give them a little tack weld on the ends just to get just to get ourselves set up. If You don’t have a welder you can just wire them with some Lacing wire. I do not have lacing wire otherwise I would show you that method and I have a welder so it’s just easier for me to tack them up so I’m going to tack up both ends and I’m not going to put a lot of weld on this just enough to tack the ends together and I’m going to show you a different method of forge welding or fire welding and Then now we’ll get started. Okay Everyone here. We are at the workbench. All I’m doing is stacking up all six rods on top of each other I’m just going to put in tack weld up the ends. You don’t have to get too extensive with it. Just make sure it’s tack welded up. So I don’t know if you can hear this. I’m using this forge here in the background to take and heat up our rods. Were going to give this one a little bit We got this right over the edge of the anvil Get a little bit of flux on there, not a bunch Don’t actually need that much flux to forge weld Now we’re just going to bring the piece up to high If you guys are trying to do this and watch the material you really need to take and wear a set of shades so this way you don’t go blind That would be preferable, or a set of welding goggles. We got our hot steaming here Go ahead and stick this together That one rod doesn’t want to blend in. We’ll fix that. In the next heat. Go ahead and flux it again, a little bit. And we’ll bring that up to temp. As you can see, that’s already been forge welded. Except for that one rod. That didn’t stick in. That’s what we’re looking for. Like white-hot. I’m going to try to weld in this piece. towards that end Now we’ll take another heat on that.And we can forge that out a little bit more at a later date once we’ve got it all welded. Once we have done the other side you can really put that in the forge So bringing it back up to heat It takes a little bit with the torch because you don’t have the closed in nature of the forge fire. But that’s okay. We want this to take and have a good localized heat right on the end and Now I’m starting to draw it out a little bit. I will switch to a larger hammer after a little bit after I get the other end tack welded together and Finish drawing it out Before we turn it into our hooks I’m just dressing all sides making sure everything is consolidated and as you can see it’s all welded up So that’s one end now. We’re just going to flip it around and We’ll do the other one. I’ll do this off-camera, and I’ll be right back with you at the Workbench Okay, everyone. We got both these things done now as you can see I drew out the ends quite a bit I actually came up And I heated up about another half inch or so Back into the bundle from my original tacks and then forged welded that down as well I decided I needed a little extra bit of material there For when I go to start to form these hooks So now that you’re getting to this point. You’re saying okay? Well, what’s the next process you may think that it would be advantageous to go ahead and bend the hooks But it is actually better to go ahead and do the twist first if You’ve bend the hooks First and then you go to twist that then you’re dealing with an odd shaped hook that you have to overcome How you’re twisting it And it doesn’t really give you a good spot to be able to clamp on and get really twist this bundle So the next step in this process is we’re going to heat this up in the forge We’re going to get everything really nice and hot in this section and in this area And then we’re going to clamp one end in the vise like usual And we’re going to put a wrench on this other side And we’re going to twist this bundle up this bundle already has a little bit of a natural twist to the right So I’m just going to continue to follow with that and then you know crank it up a lot tighter You want to go at least one full revolution with this twist to do a good basket twist And then you’ll see what will happen when we go to actually unveil the actual basket itself but after we get This portion completely twisted up then we will go ahead and make our hooks and keeping in mind that we’re going to do about a half twist or a 180 degree twist back out with one of the hooks to get to open up the basket if You’re keeping that in mind, and that’s how then then you will know that Okay, I’m going to take an untwist that’s one half turn so that means both hooks need to be formed on the same end of the bar when you Untwist it they end up like an s shape This is my method there’s other methods out there you can try What would work well for you, but this is the way that I’m going to be taking you all through the process here Just do whatever works best for you like I said before not everyone has a torch and that’s okay You can do this in a coal forge to Coke forge You can even do it in charcoal. No problem the main important point or even gas forge the main important Point is to take and get a good localized heat on the ends and forge weld them down and draw them out So as long as you guys can take and do that. You’re pretty much set for the rest of the project The rest of it is just simply twisting, and there’s a few other little tweaks and you know bending hooks and whatnot Anyways, so the next step we’ll go ahead and get this twisted up and then Bend our hooks and finish her up okay, we’ve got our bundle nice and hot we’re just going to lock one end and the vise and then I find it easiest to grip this round bundle with a pair of tongs, so that’s what I’m going to do here as You can see I’m like oh well I need to grab it up on top to get a little better grip and twist it back towards myself working with that piece of Rod that was already twisting in that direction You’re going to see me Take maybe another heat or so on this and I actually probably took two or three heats to tighten the bundle to where I want it I originally told you about 360 degrees and that is about right, but in this video You know I forgot to take my own medicine. I guess and I actually went a little bit overboard and more than 360 degrees But This is our first initial twist. We’ll go back to the forge here and get it hot again Here’s a few minutes later. We’re going to go ahead and bring it out again, and we’re just going to continue that twist Now I would say I probably tighten this up, maybe 360 plus another turn like at least another half turn half to 3/4 of a turn It was kind of hard to gauge it considering. It’s on a round surface The main thing that you want to do is you want to get your twisted rods to start laying down more horizontally, or contrary to the length of the piece of original parent bar stock This helps when you untwist for them to pucker out and open up into the basket If you did not twist it further enough when you first started the twist you Won’t have much of a basket when you’re done the bars will lay flat against the stock and they won’t really bulge out like in a classic basket twist Consequently this could be a very interesting element all in itself to make a hook out of Even without opening up the basket, so this is just another potential variation of an s hook that you can do so we’ll take another heat on this here and Before we take and open up the basket We are going to go ahead and bend both of our hook ends as you can see I’ve already got one done And I’m going to bend this other one Reason for this being is after that that basket is going to be our last part because the basket can’t take the stock Cross-section changes as well as what it can right now. So you want that to be your last little bit if You’ll also notice because of my over twisting. I had to form the s hook like in s hook So this way I could still accomplish the same effect considering. I went over 360 degrees if you just do 360 degrees you will be able to open it out 180 or Back turn at 180 and it will come out fine This particular thing like I said I had to untwist it a full 360 considering I went over 360 to begin with to get my basket to shape out right Take your time. Make sure your heats good and even and then get everything kind of squared up The next thing you’re going to see me do here in just a second. I’m just kind of adjusting things with the basket There’s not too many basket twists that get made that are perfectly open the first time out the gate or at least not for me, so I always have to take and adjust the individual tines of the basket and Tweak them to make them look really nice this will essentially finish up the basket and All you have to do is wire wheel it from here and just adjust the tines to where everything looks even with equal spacing in between everything There’s a whole lot of room for improvement in this considering this is the first Twisted or first basket twisted s hook I have done in quite some time So it’s kind of funny when you shoot youtube videos on a process like this trying to make them perfect for the camera When you haven’t when you’ve been out of practice on this particular style for a long time It’s probably been at least three years since my last basket twist, but as you can see it came out pretty neat. I will put a photo at the end of this video here for you guys to take a look at and see the final result with it all wire wheeled up. I Thank you all for watching God bless you and let me know what you think in the comments. We’ll catch you on the next one

43 thoughts on “Forging a Basket Twist S Hook // Blacksmith Projects to Sell

  1. don't have a flux spoon? you need to make one lol. it's funny how just a week ago I was thinking about putting a basket twist in a hook and here is a video of how to do it. are you a mind reader lol. happy 4th.

  2. Roy, THANKS SO MUCH!!! It occurred to me that although I've made basket twists before, it never occurred to me that the obvious next action would be to make the twist part of the structural element of the project. If you ever decide you'd like to teach face to face….Let me know .

  3. nice job mate just wondering i have a welder but cant get the heat out of my forge to weld so could i just weld them and taper them and then twist

  4. This is very nice. You really do a great job at explaining. ever think of writing a book?

  5. Very nice! I like how the center bar stayed straight after the basket was formed.

    Thanks for the video…

  6. that worked really well and looked good in the rough. Would look really nice with a bit of spit and polish I'd reckon.

  7. It's a pleasure to watch " blacksmithing " video that is not knives, or Damascus steel, or power hammered. I know they have their place, but not everyone has the skill set or shop to do those things. Some of us like to see the kind of projects that you are doing, please keep up the good work, and thanks.

  8. You need to do some serious editing! You had an outtake at the first, then when you proceeded to weld, that audio continued to run in the background after you applied flux and began to work the pieces. Don't expect subscribers as long as you're acting like an amateur.

  9. You'r'e dong a lot of ad libbing. Do you not have bullet points in mind before you start? You've got a lot of competition out there. You need to step up your game.

  10. Roy,

    Not sure what all the voice-over audio was saying because you were talking in the video and on the voice-over simultaneously. Thanks for the video all the same.

  11. I reposted this video with the audio fixed here: . Sorry about that!

  12. There is a reason voice over is done after the recording. 😉 Quality recording value aside, the real reason is you can do the video without distraction. Then you have time to think over how to teach. Enjoy your videos. Best wishes.

  13. Wow, what a great project! Im just starting into the blacksmith craft and this is a great starter project for me to try. Thank you for the video, I subscribed, and keep up the good work! Also, do you have a facebook or website?

  14. Very nice. I may have missed something, could you tell us a bit about how you were heating your workpiece for the forge welds? From your description it sounded like you were using an acetylene torch.

  15. I generally skip drawing out then ends until the basket is to my liking. Keeping them square-ish helps with the twist and counting turns. I also cool out the ends so that they don’t deform.

    Try mounting your twists vertically and giving the top end a few taps after the back twist opens it. It helps to give it the girth you want.

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