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.