The hammer you are seeking is not all that difficult to make… I
would guess about an hours actual working time, if you have access to
a drill press, power sander, and a grinder. You could even do most of
it with hand tools, though removing that much stock with files would
probably take the better part of a day. You’d still need a drill
You’d need to locate a piece of round hardenable steel stock, a
straight hardwood dowel, and a small steel wedge.
You would need to do some research on hammers, hardening metals -
specifically hammer heads, and perhaps a bit on hardwoods.
Replacement hammer wedges are available at our local hardware store,
so they should be out there somewhere too. You’ll need a very small
one, and could make that yourself too.
Then locate suppliers of the materials you determine to be
necessary… it might be nice to find a metals supplier who would cut
your steel round stock to length if you don’t have the strength/skill
to do it with a hacksaw or the use of a bandsaw.
Making tools should be a part of every smith or jewelers abilities.
If I were to take on this kind of a project I would order enough
material to make a half dozen or more and sell the surplus copies to
cover my expenses and time. Your own would then be free - and you
would have added more skills and another small learning experience to
Brian P. Marshall
Stockton Jewelry Arts School
Stockton, CA USA