Solid Wrought Spatula

A section of large wrought iron dock chain from Vancouver Island is hand forged in a single piece to create this kitchen tool.

Island Blacksmith: Hand forged ironwork.

This rare piece of functional art is forged from very high quality wrought iron originally used as dock chain at a site down near French Beach on southern Vancouver Island. I obtained a few pieces of it when Justin of Foggy Mountain Forge came up for a bladesmithing workshop and generously brought some along to share.

Wrought iron is an old type of iron made in a bloomery process that declined steeply in production around 1890 when mild steel largely replaced iron for structural applications. Most wrought iron has a strong grain of slag running through it, almost like wood grain, but this piece is quite fine grained and therefore not as prone to splitting and cracking at lower forging heats.

The entire spatula is hand forged from a small section of a chain link (smaller than the piece left over in the last photo), blade and handle from a single piece. Nice and compact for home use, the overall length is just under 10″.

Material: Reclaimed wrought iron dock chain
A similar piece would start at $1080
This piece is in a private collection on Vancouver Island

Island Blacksmith: Hand forged ironwork.

Island Blacksmith: Hand forged ironwork.

Island Blacksmith: Hand forged ironwork.

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