Tools

 

What makes blacksmiths unique amongst craftspeople is their ability to forge the tools they need to make their artwork. At right are some examples of tools I have forged.

4 lb. rounding hammer and hardy tool
4 lb. rounding hammer and hardy tool

4 lb. rounding hammer and hot cut hardy tool, forged under the direction of Brian Brazeal. Photo by Mark Gilsdorf.

Tools to make tools
Tools to make tools

4 lb. rounding hammer, top punches and hot cut, used for forging hammers. Forged under the direction of Brian Brazeal. Photo by Karen Malone.

Tools to make tools
Tools to make tools

Monkey tools, hot punches and drifts, forged under the direction of Brian Brazeal. Photo by Karen Malone.

Tools to make tools
Tools to make tools

Monkey tool, hardy cupping tool, hot cut hardy tools, hammer eye drifts. Forged under the direction of Brian Brazeal. Photo by Karen Malone.

Tools to make tools
Tools to make tools

Wolf-jaw tongs and a hammer pick-up tong. Forged under the direction of Brian Brazeal. Photo by Karen Malone.

Tools to make tools
Tools to make tools

Gaylord the Rooster inspects the new tools. Photo by Karen Malone.

Tools to make tools
Tools to make tools

Seven days of forging with master blacksmith Brian Brazeal. Photo by Karen Malone.

"Woop" tongs
"Woop" tongs

"Woop" tongs, forged under the direction of Uri Hofi, at the Center for Metal Arts. Photo by Mike Kelch.

"Woop" tongs (detail)
"Woop" tongs (detail)

"Woop" tongs, forged under the direction of Uri Hofi, at the Center for Metal Arts. Photo by Mike Kelch.

"Woop" tongs
"Woop" tongs

"Woop" tongs, forged under the direction of Uri Hofi, at the Center for Metal Arts. Photo by Mike Kelch.

"Woop" tongs (detail)
"Woop" tongs (detail)

"Woop" tongs, forged under the direction of Uri Hofi, at the Center for Metal Arts. Photo by Mike Kelch.

"Woop" tongs (detail)
"Woop" tongs (detail)

"Woop" tongs, forged under the direction of Uri Hofi, at the Center for Metal Arts. Photo by Mike Kelch.

Coal forge rake
Coal forge rake

Coal forge rake, forged under the direction of Uri Hofi, at the Center for Metal Arts. Forged on an air hammer from an 8" long piece of 1" square stock. Final length approx. 24". Photo by Mike Kelch.

Coal forge rake (detail)
Coal forge rake (detail)

Coal forge rake, forged under the direction of Uri Hofi, at the Center for Metal Arts. Forged on an air hammer from an 8" long piece of 1" square stock. Final length approx. 24". Photo by Mike Kelch.

Coal forge rake (detail)
Coal forge rake (detail)

Coal forge rake, forged under the direction of Uri Hofi, at the Center for Metal Arts. Forged on an air hammer from an 8" long piece of 1" square stock. Final length approx. 24". Photo by Mike Kelch.

Coal forge rake (detail)
Coal forge rake (detail)

Coal forge rake, forged under the direction of Uri Hofi, at the Center for Metal Arts. Forged on an air hammer from an 8" long piece of 1" square stock. Final length approx. 24". Photo by Mike Kelch.

Scrolling tongs
Scrolling tongs

Scrolling tongs, forged under the direction of Uri Hofi, at the Center for Metal Arts. Photo by Mike Kelch.

Scrolling tongs (detail)
Scrolling tongs (detail)

Scrolling tongs, forged under the direction of Uri Hofi, at the Center for Metal Arts. Photo by Mike Kelch.

Scrolling tongs (detail)
Scrolling tongs (detail)

Scrolling tongs, forged under the direction of Uri Hofi, at the Center for Metal Arts. Photo by Mike Kelch.

Scrolling tongs (detail)
Scrolling tongs (detail)

Scrolling tongs, forged under the direction of Uri Hofi, at the Center for Metal Arts. Photo by Mike Kelch.

Scrolling tongs (detail)
Scrolling tongs (detail)

Scrolling tongs, forged under the direction of Uri Hofi, at the Center for Metal Arts. Photo by Mike Kelch.

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