Hawthorn weight-foward hammer

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Hawthorn weight-foward hammer

Postby gavin » Mon Jul 30, 2012 7:32 am

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Handle is set at angle to head. Striking face is cut at angle to the axis of the head.
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Ruler is 12"
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This tool is a delight to use. We tested it out bashing dowels and it just sings. :D

We'll take it to the streets of Kirkcudbright at the Arts and Crafts Trail 3 to 6 Aug 2012 to bash dowels through a plate for conversion to pencils, whistles and cash.

I rather think these hammers will sell too. Very easily made if you have Veritas tenon cutter - this is 5/8" tenon. The handles are cleft in rectangular cross-section approx 25 x 18 mm clefts.

If you are in the area, do visit us at corner St Cuthbert St and A711.
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Re: Hawthorn weight-foward hammer

Postby ToneWood » Thu Aug 02, 2012 2:21 pm

Like it :) What is the advantage of weight-forward, directional stability? BTW I notice in Swedische Snitz Schule that there is a wooden mallet, which uses 2 concentric poles, and its called something like Holzbietel (wood beetle). Presumably that's where the term beetle for froe mallet/etc. came from (and/or the term beat).
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Re: Hawthorn weight-foward hammer

Postby gavin » Thu Aug 02, 2012 5:47 pm

ToneWood wrote:Like it :) What is the advantage of weight-forward, directional stability? .

Yes. The momentum of the weight forward of the hammer makes the handle less likely to twist. The blow is cleaner and straighter. I have since made a 2nd one. With one in each hand you get into a pleasing windmill-like rhythm.

I'll try this out on the Kirkcudbright Arts and Crafts Trail tomorrow. I think 2 hammers swinging will generate a crowd. That is good for sales.!
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