Custom fireplace dogs


Building a gate latch for a friend in Kerrville, Texas


Starting with the Pecan wood, building an address sign for an old friend.


A pack saddle for a tin Jackass made in Mexico.

A pecan branch with pecans on a polished pecan wood base for a customer in Lubbock, Texas

A pair of 30 foot arrows for a customer in Kerrville, Texas

A sofa table for a customer in Lubbock, Texas

Hinges, dead bolt covers and passage latch were hand made for this entry door.

Passage Latch


Decorative hand forged stand for a large plant urn. The urn came from Guatemala, and my customer wanted something different. Besides the rivets, there are only seven pieces of steel in this stand. 
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Cluster of grapes.
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A Latin phrase meaning " Don't let the bastards grind you down." General " Vinegar Joe" Stilwell used it as his motto in World War II.
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A bed for a cowboy.
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A boot rack for the same cowboy.
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Some detail on the boot rack.
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Hand forged sign.
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Grave Marker for my pet lab.
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West Texas cotton plant.
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Some detail on the cotton plant.
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Devil's Claw plant.
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Detail on the Devil's Claw plant.
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Fireplace insert heating unit phase one
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Watch for phase two the Fireplace Screen
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Finished Fireplace Screen

Pecans on bottom corner

Pecan latch

Pecan top corner


Many of you know that a hip prostheses was designed to mimic the ball-and-socket action of your hip joint. Cemented implants are held in place with bone cement. What you probably don't know is back in the late 1800's the first one was designed and forged by a Blacksmith!! Yes, a Blacksmith. While I am unable to show proof positive, the facts are that I have spent untold hours researching this . Consequently, I am almost sure that this is correct. Awhile back I was in a conversation with two doctor friends of mine, both are in the orthopedic field (Bone Specialists).

After our short conversation I forged three of these in my Smithy. (The top one in the picture) (The bottom one in the picture is factory made) I have one, I sent one to Dr. Boone Brackett in Chicago, Illinois and one to Dr. Jack Henry in Lubbock, Texas. Dr. Henry, I think, installed the one I gave him in the hip of a friend of mine from Muleshoe, Texas. One Charles Flowers, I think.

There are many advantages to the prosthesis I made from some 1018 mild steel. The biggest ?, you guessed it, rust ! The rust will help it adhere to the bone ! Hence no cement. The proof of this will be when I am able to get Mr. Flowers to Chicago and convince Dr. Brackett to use his knife and look at the surgery that was done by Dr. Henry, I think we will see the rust. This is long but very important to the Medical Field!!!

Thank you,
R.G. Box (Owner of Pecanderosa Forge)

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