|Project by bobasaurus||posted 12-29-2015 06:46 PM||1013 views||1 time favorited||9 comments|
I made this repousse/chasing hammer for my dad’s christmas gift. He does a lot of hobby jewelry making and collects/uses these hammers. I fabricated the head myself by milling and grinding down some O1 tool steel drill rod, then my dad heat treated it in his digital kiln before I made the handle. The handle is osage orange, and was rather messy to turn (as shown in the fourth picture). We tried it out yesterday and it works well, though is maybe a bit hard compared to his existing hammers… maybe would have been better to leave it annealed, or temper to an even softer spring (we did 700 deg F for a hard spring).
I’ve made handles for three other repousse hammers with restored antique heads, but this is the first where I’ve made the head. Here is one of my older handles:
Edit: we have since annealed the head and it performs much better, very similar to his existing hammers. Each blow sticks into the tool slightly instead of just glancing off, giving better control.
-- Allen, Colorado