By: E.A. Chase
E.A. Chase is
among the early contemporary American blacksmiths to use mixed metals
as well as wood, stone and plastics in his sculptural and architectural
commissions. This innovation produced dramatic affects with the
contrasting uses of copper, bronze, brass and stainless steel with
to his use of mixed metals, another innovation and the subject of
this book, is his use of the handheld pneumatic hammer. Chase began
using the pneumatic hammer during the early 1970s for the conventional
tasks of riveting and light cutting operations. As he became more
familiar with the characteristics of the tool he realized that its
unique features could be advantageous in other applications, particularly
to reduce the tedium of tasks requiring repetitive blows such as
texturing and peening and later to its more ambitious use to construct
large scale raised metal work. He noted.
inevitably produce not only different results; their influence will
also be apparent in how the work is conceived and rendered. The
process in getting your envisioned form can be quite different from
the traditional hand process. The pneumatic hammer does not mimic
the hand hammer; it has its own "personality" and makes
its own accommodations and demands on the smith.
So he began
a decades long project to document the use of pneumatic hammers
and to share this knowledge with the community of smiths.
Learn to use
the smaller handheld pneumatic hammers on "hot iron" days
for cold center punching and line tracing for layout, hot carving
and incising, slitting, cutting, peening, and riveting. On "cold
working" days these pneumatic hammers are used for forming
everything from delicate floral details to large-scale objects in
non-ferrous sheet metals.
and more powerful handheld hammers are used almost entirely for
hot work such as punching, drifting, cutting and upsetting where
the stationary power hammer is inappropriate or where a hand hammer
would be a less efficient choice. All of these tools are supported
by an array of specialty forged hammer bits that have evolved on
an "as needed" basis.
Learn from Chase
who for over 40 years has devoted all of his creative energy to
This is a must
have for all smiths - blacksmiths, metalsmiths, whitesmiths, coppersmiths,
tinsmiths - to help create small scale hand projects or large sculptural
and architectural commissions.