A fire fork is used to hold things onto a stick; you can buy them but like most bushcrafters I prefer to make my own.
They are not as pretty as the ones you can buy, but they do exactly the same job and are about 99% cheaper
What you need:
- 18″ of relatively stiff steel wire (you can snarf this from a broken fence.) Avoid galvanized wire as the flakes from it and heating it can be bad for you.
- Wire Cutters
- Strong Pliers (Square or round nose, it doesn’t matter)
- Something Cylindrical
Ok, get the wire and snip it to about 18″, this is plenty long enough for this project.
Find out where the middle is and wrap it around a cylinder, this can be a stick, a board marker or in my case, a lipstick tube.
Only wrap once, like shown above and then grab your pliers, I personally work better with round nose ones but whatever you have is good.
Try to make the bend as close to the loop as possible:
Do this on both sides:
Now about 2″ down you will need to make another bend in the wire.
This is towards the middle like this:
Do it on both sides.
Now grab the wire about half way again and bend it into a ‘U’ shape:
Pull the two apart a bit and bend the ends in to make the prongs:
To attach your fork to a stick all you need to do is thread the stick through the standing loop and then squeeze the two U-shaped bits so they overlap and pop the end through.
N.B.: You need to use pretty stiff wire to get the tension to hold the fork to the stick.