I hired my friend Jon Shearin to make me a custom stake with a long, round mandrel on one end and a narrow, flat anvil surface on the other. I used a similar tool in college to make forms for my BFA thesis on chatelaines and then revisited it last year when I made work for Spectrum. I love what I can make with this tool and want to continue with other hollow forms this year and beyond. Having a custom stake made by a friend makes it even better. (And he'll make one for you, too.)
one of my first chatelaines, made using a similar stake
Sculpture in steel by Jon Shearin
Be sure to check out Jon's work on Etsy, too, like this enameled steel belt buckle.