Champy "S" Hook
This hook was inspired by my time in Lake Champlain and a fellow I met at Fort Fredrick. I have added my own style and touches and Champy was the result. I'm going to be doing a demo on how to make him in Febuary, so I decided to make a step x step. Lets make a sea monter.
Start by squaring and pointing your piece before you start to draw it out. I do this by placing the end of my metal on the edge of the anvil and strike with hammer at an angle, Rotate 90 degrees and strike again till you have a point. Keep drawing the point out.
After you have drawn your tail out to 16" long. You will need round the tail. You need to turn your square to a octagon and then round the corners. Rounding will streach the tail about another inch. Once this is done its time to switch ends and start on the face. Heat and square your end up. This will make it easier for you cut the mouth and ears.
Bend the head over so it can lay flat on top of the vise. This will allow you to use the vise as a work table. Use the center punch to make your eyes. I have found the eyes need to be located closer to front. The further back it turns into a mule or a cow. Cutting the ears or horns can be tricky. You need to start to chisel about twice as far back as you want it to be long.
I used the horn to wrap the tail to form S of the hook. I then used round nose pliers to shape the rest of the tail. How you want to finish your tail is part of the fun. I have done knots and kinks and even leafs. Nothing is worse than having a knoty sea monster.