few weeks ago I got some tools in exchange for making a couple
blades. Kind of neat, a heavy box of assorted tool parts
to peruse in swap for a couple blades to be used immediately.
Nice Galoot swap for us both. Among them was this
small hammer head.
I look for small
hammers anyway and this one is a beaut. It's a 12oz claw.
It's extra small but it's fully formed with a long octagonal
ground neck and long nicely forged claws. It's marked
craftsman. Every once in a while Sears would contract for
a really elegant tool among the usual second rate they have
always handled. So, how do the rest of you feel about
Design is why I work
wood and metal both. It's what I strive for above all. Like anyone, there are
repair and construction jobs I face that require just plain work
But every chance I get, the reason I would-want-to make
something, well it's design that makes it worthwhile.
Something new, something different, something prettier than the
While ax handle shaped
hammer handles aren't new by any means, everything commercial I
see is generally somewhat harsh and abrupt. The lines
don't flow very well at all to my eye. I cut this in 1/2 an
hour after looking and thinking about it at least as long as
that before I started.
Planning your design
and then working through toward it, is what I do. It's
very easy to compromise your idea when you get into the middle.
The wood grain will fight you and tool limitations come into
play so you have to be ready to swap horses in mid stream to
another tool and sometimes back again.
The wood is of course
second growth American hickory. As hard and tough as
American wood gets. It's too bad all I had were my rough
ground, barely passable, crude sloppy freehand honed tools.