Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Crucifiction spikes

In the days of the Roman Empire, many condemned felons, prisoners of war, and people who annoyed the government were "removed" by crucifying.
This brutal death was achieved by nailing the victim to a wooden cross. There were a variety of configurations to this including the regular cross, upside down crucifying, and an "X" shaped cross.
Regardless of which manner was used, the fact remains that crucifying remains one of the most gruesome methods of execution requiring the victim to suffer for hours or even days before death, and it proves the utter depravity of mankind.

For this reason, our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ came into the world to save fallen man. He was beaten, a crown of thorns was pushed onto his head, and then he was crucified naked! This was done to provide an atonement for our sins through the shed blood of Jesus Christ, God's son.

Rom 10:9

1Ti 1:15 "This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners; of whom I am chief."

1 Cor. 15
1: "I declare unto you the gospel"
3: "how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures;"
4: "And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures:"

The victim of crucifiction was attached to his/her cross by iron nails. As a blacksmith, I have received a couple of orders for historically accurate crucifiction spikes. After research, I discovered that spikes were around 5-7 inches long, had a large square head, and were 1/2-5/8 of an inch thick. The corners of the spike were left as sharp as possible to inflict the most pain on the victim. 

Here are some pictures of the process of making some crucifction spikes! 
Tapering out the point in 5/8" square bar!

Next a large head had to be formed on the spike. For this I use a heading tool that holds the steel while I forge out the head!

This is the heading tool which I made!

The end result looks like this!

Crucifiction spikes were reused so I hammer-texture the heads to give them the appearance of having been hammered in numerous times!

This is a picture of the five spikes, the header, and a tool I had to make in order to make the header!

I don't know what happened to the camera on this one but I thought it looked sort of neat!

Romans 5:8
"But God commendeth his love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us."

 Verses taken from the
"That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved."


amateur blacksmith said...

sounds like a rail road spike to me.

Master Dave said...

The first set of crucifiction spikes I was commisioned to do were made from RR spikes! Kept me from having to forge the head, but I was a bit more adventurous this time!