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Cow's Tongue Raising Stake

 







Cranbrook Cow's Tongue Stake

Frank Turley Collection

A student-designed raising stake from Cranbrook Academy of Art in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan. Millard "Skip" Holbrook gave me this combination stake in the 1970's. He said that he and classmates at Cranbrook designed it and had it cast in steel. It is approximately 13 x 13". Holbrook taught silversmithing at the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe, New Mexico, until his retirement. He did some ironwork and was a collector of Japanese tsuba and other sword furniture. His teacher at Cranbrook was Richard Thomas (~1920 - 1988) who wrote "Metalsmithing," a good book on raising and shaping sheet.

A Cow's Tongue Stake often looks exactly like a cow's tongue or a form of flattened (ovoid) anticlastic stake. Most are multi-function with different sizes or shapes on one "T" stake, the shank being designed to be clamped or hand held.

This stake has multiple arcs, points and two raising heads. In use it would be clamped as shown or with the large raising face upward. The rounded arms can be used for shaping and planishing, the small rounded end for raising, detail work and repousse'. As a multi-function tool there are design compromises but overall this is a very well designed tool.


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