He Sculpts Rail Spikes (Jul, 1962)

He Sculpts Rail Spikes

Discarded railroad spikes are turned into iron cartoons by Howard Munce, a New York art director who finds his raw material along the roadbed of the railroad near his Connecticut home.

He uses a handsaw, file, welding torch, forge and anvil to fashion amusing figures that also have merit as pieces of sculpture.

The skindiver, top left, has a spike torso, copper pipe oxygen tank; the fish is made of scrap iron. Legs of the fullback were burned out of the botton of a spike; arms are heavy nails. Bending a spike and adding a wire tail made the hen, below—and a steel rod, added to a filed spike, formed the acrobat.

Munce’s sculptures are exhibited in art galleries.

  1. George says: October 24, 201110:53 am

    New Haven (AP). Amtrak Train Derailment in Connecticut Caused by Unspiked Section of Track. Federal investigators reported that the recent derailment of an Amtrak train in Connecticut was caused by a section of track that was not held down by spikes. Mr. Howard Munce who lives near the tracks said he thought he had heard sounds like someone with a crowbar in back of his house, but thought it was the track inspector making sure the spikes were tight.

  2. Andrew L. Ayers says: October 25, 201110:23 am

    @George: I know you’re trying to be funny – but have you ever walked a section of rails? Old spikes are everywhere…

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