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May 19, 2012

Hickory Handle for a Blacksmith’s Drift

Filed under: Clamping,Hide Glue,Historical Material,Of Interest,Proper Tools,Uncategorized,Wood — Stephen Shepherd @ 11:08 am

I have been using a veneery hammer I borrowed from a friend, because I lent my wooden veneer hammer to another friend.  In the coarse of discussions with Master Blacksmith Mark Schramm it was decided that he should make a traditional wrought iron veneer hammer, based on original designs.

As it was, Mark needed a handle made for a drift in order to make the proper tapered eye in the hammer head to receive the handle.  I have some splits of very dry hickory/pecan [hard to tell the difference some times] to fashion handles.  I used my small froe to split it to the right thickness then used a drawknife, spokeshave, rasp, and card scraper to shape the handle.

I used my pistol handle rip saw to cut the kerf for the wedge, then fashioned a proper wedge from a piece of very hard poplar I have.  I glued it in place with Lee Valley Fish Glue, both the wedge in the kerf and the handle to the head.  I properly etched the inside of the eye with garlic.  With everything in place I hammered the wedge home, washed off the glue [and raised the grain of the wood], then cut off the excess wedge.

After it dried I scraped it down with a card scraper, tomorrow I will put on a coat or two of Moses T’s St. John’s Oil.

Good to do some woodwork for a change.


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