This was a project that I took on a few months back. I could make the skull and make a fork.. Making them in the same piece that look good never worked out. So finally last night I sketched up something that I felt I could handle, especially after a few good weeks of forging under my belt developing some skill..
I started with 18" of 1/2" square stock. Heating the end and forging the skull's jaw to begin. The next few heats I used the rounding die to flatten and draw out the handle, creating the shape in the photo below, it's about 1/4" thick at this point. The skull's head is still the 1/2" but the edges are rounded a bit.
Once I felt I worked the handle to a good rough shape it was time to taper and draw the shaft of the fork out. Pretty much, I used a two to one ratio of hitting with the rounding die to blend it into the handle.
I used my last opener meat fork to make sure I didn't make it too large or small. Also to keep the taper even.
After some shaping of the handle to even the taper out and flatten it more on the edges I used a 3/4" piece of round stock to form it around giving me a smooth bend. The top side with the skull is flat, and the bottom bows out slightly to create a handle that comfortably fills the hand.
I am heating the end to hot cut the fork end to size. Approx. 4" or the width of my anvil face for 1/4" thick stock make great length tines for a fork. Onve the point is removed from the piece, I used the rounding die to flatten it to that 1/4" and measure it across the anvil.
The fork is made by splitting the 1/4" end I flattened with a hot cut, using the edge of the anvil I spread them to 45 degrees and begin to draw taper them so they are even in length and shape. After that I shape them using the horn and rolling the handle and tips of the fork in a very mello "S" shape.
Well that is how thi swas made. Lots of sweat and a few weeks tinkering to get it right, but I am sure Aaron S. will enjoy it.
Concept drawing, the stock vs. the finished product.
These will be available for special, just email me if you want one or if I have one available they will be here: Skull Meat Fork