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I taught a hammer making class this past weekend at the Guilford art center in CT. It was a blast! Everyone learned alot myself included. The class involved forging a slit drift punch from 6150, heat treating of that tool, then using it to slit and drift 1 1/2" 1045 and forging it into a finished offset hammer of the type bladesmiths like. I paired them all up, on striking for the other then they switched both for forging the tool then forging the hammer head. None had ever done any striking before.

Forging a drift tool
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shorty drift
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Long drift
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Drifts cooling
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Drift clean up...
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Sam explaining what the class will be doing next.
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A few types of hammers...
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Not sure how THAT got on there!
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Everyone paying attention!
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Now the work really starts! Holes need to be punched and drifted in this 1 1/2" round 1045(from the NJ steel Baron...of course)
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Hit it while its hot!
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HIT IT!!!
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HARDER!!!!!!!
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Getting there...
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Starting to look like a hammer!
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What good would this thread be without BACON!!!! (Bacon bandaid!)
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A couple of hammers....Sams hammer on the right...one I did on the left.
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Some of these hammers were used to make the new hammers!
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Happy new hammer owner!!!
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Happy group of Blacksmiths with the hammers they made!!!
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Newly forged hammers....
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HAMMERS!!!!!!...and the tools to make them!
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Thanks for letting us in on your class Sam! It's surprising how much you learn from teaching others isn't it? It's a great batch of hammers you guys turned out and a bunch of happy proud for a reason grins to put frosting on it all.

I like the "Glory Stomper" by the by.

Good on ya!

Frosty the Lucky

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