damascus jewelers hammer

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Project by bobasaurus posted 03-05-2017 03:57 AM 1547 views 1 time favorited 19 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Another pseudo-wood project from the fires of Mt. Bobasaurus. I wanted to try forging my own damascus steel, so I made this low-layer-count (aka simple) billet from 1080 and 15n20 forge-welded together then made a little hammer from the end of it. It was a lot of work doing by hand, wish I had some power equipment for forging.

This is a jewelers raising hammer used for sheet metal forming. It’s a gift for my father who does jewelry work as a hobby. The handle is mahogany with a walnut wedge, finished with shellac and renaissance wax.

More pictures here:

-- Allen, Colorado (Instagram @bobasaurus_woodworking)

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#1 posted 03-05-2017 04:04 AM

wow very nice work ive never seen a demascus hammer before,i only thought it was used for blades.

-- sawdust the bigger the pile the bigger my smile-larry,so cal.

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#2 posted 03-05-2017 04:08 AM

Nice work all around.

-- Jeff NJ

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#3 posted 03-05-2017 04:21 AM

Allen, I’m betting your father is going to love that. If he’s reluctant to use it, I’d understand. That’s a piece of art.

-- Mark Kornell, Kornell Wood Design

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#4 posted 03-05-2017 04:24 AM

Awsome work Allen! Is the handle a traditional design? Cool crescent face likeness on the top side!

-- "My god has more wood than your god" ... G. Carlin.

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#5 posted 03-05-2017 04:28 AM

Thanks. I was trying to base the handle off some of his existing raising hammers, but got a little too focused in making it smooth and whittled it down too narrow. Oh well, it will still work.

-- Allen, Colorado (Instagram @bobasaurus_woodworking)

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#6 posted 03-05-2017 04:48 AM

Too cool for words. Nice work. Must have been a lot of fun to make and even better to give as a gift.

-- Tyvekboy -- Marietta, GA ………….. one can never be too organized

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#7 posted 03-05-2017 05:19 AM

That thing is disgusting in the best possible way.

-- Shooting down the walls of heartache. Bang bang. I am. The warrior.

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#8 posted 03-05-2017 09:17 AM

Great work and interesing tool. I like the colour and shades on that metal part.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#9 posted 03-05-2017 12:02 PM

Excellent hammer! You are getting really good at that forging, combined with your wood work, an unbeatable combination!

-- We all make mistakes, the trick is to fix it in a way that says "I meant to do that".

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#10 posted 03-05-2017 12:22 PM

This what furnace on a photo????

-- Ganchik Sasha. Life shouldn't be a draft copy.....

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#11 posted 03-05-2017 02:08 PM

Allen, this is a beautiful shop made tool. It’s a wonderful project.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#12 posted 03-05-2017 02:49 PM

Incredible. What piece of art. Ironically, I can’t imagine a jeweler making anything more beautiful than this. Kinda puts some pressure on dad in a way. :)

-- PaulMayer,

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#13 posted 03-05-2017 03:06 PM

I know nothing about forging. I do know that is one beautiful piece of work. I’ll bet your dad is/will be ecstatic.

-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton

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#14 posted 03-05-2017 03:40 PM

Beautiful work, Allen.

-- tr ...see one, do one, teach one...

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#15 posted 03-05-2017 04:49 PM

Thanks for all the comments. Sasha, that is a 2 burner propane gas forge from a company called Chile Forge.

-- Allen, Colorado (Instagram @bobasaurus_woodworking)

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