The Sound of a Hammer

Super Bowl III after two rounds of sinking.

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.

Super Bowl III after four rounds of sinking and two bouging sessions.

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?

Look at the wonderful coloration from the torch. This year the main bowl section is made out of bronze.

One thought on “The Sound of a Hammer

  1. Thanks for this post, Wendy. Interesting as always. But to answer your question: my favorite sound is the delicate “swish” made when making a “planing cut” with the skew chisel on a spindle turning. It means the wood’s cutting cleanly and all is well with the world.


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