Bang, bang, bang, ting, ting, ting. The sound of making a bowl. It’s loud and I always wear earplugs, but I love the sound of a hammer on metal. There is the sound of sinking a bowl where the hammer hits the metal against wood. Then there is the very metallic ping! that the hammer makes while planishing the metal against a steel stake. That is the sound of zen to me.
I started my bowl for the Super Bowl Challenge yesterday (I’m busy next week so I wanted to make sure I have enough time to finish it on Super Bowl Sunday.) I look forward to this time of year because I get to make space in my metalworking time to make a bowl for myself. Bowls are hard to sell, so they generally get pushed to the wayside while I work on jewelry, but making hollow forms is what I fell in love with when I started metalworking.
So for now, I look forward to my next studio day when I get to hear the sound of hammering metal. What is your favorite sound?