If I Had A Hammer…

I’d probably hit myself in the head with it because I’m so tired. I have my first week of school under my belt (class meets Mon/Weds) and I’m exhausted. We’ve started off with [raising](http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Raising_%28metalwork%29) and it’s physically taxing. I spent three hours in the studio yesterday hammering metal. The class is full with nine people so you can just imagine the racket caused by nine people all banging metal against metal at the same time but not with the same rhythm. I wear my earplugs to not only save my hearing, but also my sanity.

There is an upside to this. It’s a cool technique. Yes, it’s really tiring and yes, it takes forever to do, but it’s rewarding. How often do you see a flat sheet of metal become round and raised? I’m currently raising a 7″ disc to 4″ tall, 3″ wide. Plans right now are to cover the outside with cloisonne enamel, but we’ll see how ambitious I feel once I’m done raising and planishing (a technique of smoothing the finished surface) this thing. My thoughts on enameling it change daily. Plus, I have to make a stand for this thing once it’s finished. Part of the assignment is to either make a stand or lid or create surface designs with [repousse or chasing](http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Repoussé_and_chasing). Isn’t it fun to know that reading my blog this semester will increase your vocabulary and knowledge of metalwork?

I need a massage. Really bad.

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4 responses to “If I Had A Hammer…

  1. Suzanne

    What a cool workout — and you get something pretty/nice to show for it in the end, besides nice arms/shoulders!

  2. Here’s the problem with this as a workout: I’m only using my right arm! So I’ll have this large “Popeye” arm on the right and a normal arm on the left! Thankfully, it will be winter and I’ll be wearing long sleeves!

  3. Suzanne

    Oh, point taken. Hmmmm, didn’t think about that.

    Maybe “ambidextrous hammering” should be the new practice?!?! Or would that be like patting your head and rubbing your tummy at the same time??

  4. Probably like patting your head and rubbing your tummy. Hard, but not impossible to do. This will last about 2 months then it’s on to casting.

    I did get an upper body massage today and feel MUCH better. Now I’m ready for tomorrow’s round of hammering.

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