Simple but Effective Ways to Shear Bar Stock

Bruce Daniels’ techniques continue to hold up more than 40 years later

Pictured Above: Bruce Daniels was a frequent contributor to American Farriers Journal in part because he felt education was important. “The real shame of it is that so much has been learned and not recorded. The current resurgence of interest in blacksmithing may terminate with a better record of our trade.”

Farrier Takeaways

  • During a time when bandsaws were not as common on farrier rigs, shoers would shear bar stock with a hardie, a hot cut-off, an anvil devil or a vise and wrench.
  • Bruce Daniels’ Tail Twister, which was made from a 3/8-inch truck leaf spring, easily shears various sizes of bar stock much the same way farriers shear nails with a driving hammer.
  • Grinding a flat side of an anvil devil so that it is slightly round from one end to the other lengthened the life span of those used by Daniels.

Communication between farriers was few and far between when Henry Heymering published the first issue of American Farriers Journal in 1975. Many shoers of that era recall counterparts packing up their tools when they arrived at a barn out of fear that their techniques might close the expertise gap. As a result, experience and ingenuity were largely relied upon to improve everyday work and efficiency.

New Jersey farrier Bruce Daniels was a frequent contributor to AFJ and made an indelible mark with his knowledge in the infancy of the magazine, Heymering says.

“His articles were always good and always interesting,” he says, noting that Daniels reached…

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Jeff cota 2023

Jeff Cota

Jeff Cota has been a writer, photographer and editor with newspapers and magazines for 30 years. A native of Maine, he is the editor of American Farriers Journal.

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