Spikes come in covered in mud, rust and old creosote, so we clean them off.
Zach ran some mad scientist experiments using a tumbler to figure out the best method and best time to achieve the patina on the steel we wanted.
The results were astounding. It saves us lots of time over the old method which also tended to take a physical toll – think sore arms and shoulders.
Plus, to our way of thinking, tumbling is environmentally a bit friendlier. It keeps the dust down that would otherwise be generated into the air by grinding.