Posted 30 July 2012 - 08:59 AM
Posted 30 July 2012 - 10:22 AM
Posted 30 July 2012 - 10:50 AM
Posted 30 July 2012 - 11:17 AM
Posted 30 July 2012 - 11:26 AM
It was a little frustrating using the short handle at first as trying to move larger stock is difficult that way. I focused on small projects (less than 1/2") for a while.
Good luck with it.
Posted 30 July 2012 - 01:42 PM
I used a russian pattern anvil and it almost wrecked my elbow! I now have a Haybudden & it's sooo much better.
Oh! relax your grip. Ihope this helps
Don't put your thumb on top of the handle while striking.
Posted 30 July 2012 - 03:39 PM
Posted 30 July 2012 - 04:12 PM
Place the hammer on the face of the anvil where it is used most. Now walk up to the anvil so you can just slide your hand over the hammer handle. You body (belly button) should be a half step to the side of the hammer and the hammer should be plum to a line dropped from the outside of the shoulder (or about) to the hammer handle.
In other words, your hammer, wrist, fore arm, arm and shoulder should be all in the same plane.
If someone questions your standards, they are not high enough.
Do not build a box, that way you do not have to think outside the box.
Posted 30 July 2012 - 06:57 PM
I did not watch this video but it contains the strap I used.
It's a bit more than a regular strap. They are very expensive unless you shop around. BUt it instantly gave some relief to what I would say was a mild form of Tennis elbow. Regardless I wore it for almost a year or more. BUt, during that time I took up blacksmithing.
Because I was having some elbow trouble I looked into hammer techniques a good bit. Didn't want to make things worse.
I actually believe that good hammer technigue (which I hope I have) actually helped to strengthen muscles and so forth that helped me get over and so far keep away any pain in my right arm. NOw I must also say that my Tennis Elbow was mild to start with AND I wore this thing a long time... Several months before I took up Bklacksmithing. I wore the thing so longs because a friend of mine had one and said he stopped wearing it too soon and had to go to surgery. I wanted to avoid that. I now feel that Tennis Elbow in my Right arm is a thing of the past. I was using a 3 lb hammer back them and now use something close to a 4 lb hammer that Brian and I made.
After startng Blacksmthing and using tongs and so forth I actually developed some TE in my left arm. Propably gripping tongs to tight or something. I moved my elbow strap over to my left and wore it for about 6 months. In other words I wore it both times even when I felt ok. Now, I don't feel that my left arm is as strong or as resilient as my right but it is good. I also feel that Hammering properly can actually keep tennis elbow away. I am no doctor so it is only opinion.
Key points I think for good hammering and avoiding TE are:
- Relax. Don't grip tight or grit your teeth. If you are doing this then just slowdown, relax and find your speed.
- Guide the hammer down and let the weight do the work not your arm.
- Hit the piece on the anvil solidly so there is no skittering of the hammer at contact. If there is you have to grip tight to keep both the hammer and the workpiece from flying off. This is bad technigue. This will hurt you in more ways than one.
- Catch the rebound momentum to bring the hammer up because that should be where you expend most of your actual effort (lifting not hammering down)
- Lift high and let it fall.
- I think a heavier hammer is better than a light one. I think you can grip it lighter and let it drop. A light hammer will wear you out.
- I do find that heavier work or some serious drawing out requires a bit more than just letting the hammer fall. BUt I think this too can be done as above. Relax. Let the hammer do most of the work and your body do as little as possible. This should be your goal.
PS - I am actually a very good speller but I am a very bad typert
Posted 30 July 2012 - 09:06 PM
Posted 30 July 2012 - 09:43 PM
If it's bothering you to the point you're worried, go to the doctor. Going to a forum to get medical suggestions only puts you in a place to hear things that only relate to the person who posted it. Go get your own professional diagnosis.
I've had chronic tennis/blacksmith/ditchdiggers/factory worker/ (insert your activity here) elbow in both arms for over 20 years and it gets debilitating if I don't manage it properly. I've been around the block with this issue and have lots of stories to tell but what my doctor and physical therapist advised was meant for me, not anyone else.
A good example is how some of the posters above are advocating the use of the restrictor straps. Both my doctor and physical therapist forbid me to use them. I was told to NEVER wear one while I was working as a way of circumventing the pain. They lead to incomplete healing and an ongoing aggravation of the condition because they provide relief during inappropriate levels of activity.
OTOH, what they're saying above about technique is spot on and will do more to turn a mild case around than any mechanical device.
If smithing is your hobby, it makes no sense to cripple yourself for it.
If it's how you're making your living, take care of your body and get professional advice or you're not going to be making that living for long.
Either way I hope you get it turned around and back to enjoying pounding iron!
Posted 31 July 2012 - 05:16 AM
Posted 31 July 2012 - 07:41 AM
Posted 31 July 2012 - 08:40 AM
Surviving your foolish youth and *still* being able to work is a good thing! (I warned him from my past experience...!)
Posted 31 July 2012 - 09:42 AM
We are all different,I just go with what works for me.
Posted 02 August 2012 - 12:39 PM
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Posted 02 August 2012 - 04:12 PM
Avoid turning 40. I am seven years past now and not having much luck with it.
Agreed on that one. It all changes at that point unless you are very lucky. I have constant elbow pain and locking finger joints, not caused by blacksmithing as such but most physical work now makes it worse. Visits to the docs are generally a waste of time as 'pills do not sort all ills', rest helps but if one wants/needs to keep using the joints in the same way then learn to live with it.
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