I have recommended these hammers as chisel and assembly hammers and i doubt that you will find finer models anywhere. I also use them for my wooden planes, to adjust and set the the irons as we do by tapping the heel, nose and iron to lighten up or deepen the cut. One thing does…

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Question: Paul, I am working with your DVD and book and have made great progress with sharpening my tools.  I finished the dovetail box and I just started the bookcase. Can you tell me where to get the chisel hammer that you use?  Also I would like to take your foundation course in NY. When…

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OK. Heard recently of a woodworking guru describing plastic headed hammers disparagingly and then describe another heavy duty brass mallet as the way to go. Not really true. Reality is, again, it’s seldom an either or, but more likely many or around three or four anyway. Balanced views and balanced hammers and mallets is everything.…

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This is my hammer for chisel workI know that it doesn’t look much, but I have used a Thor 12-712N Nylon Hammer for at least two years and really like the way that they handle my chisels. There are other weights and sizes, but my favourite is 1 1/2″ – 38mm model. When I bought…

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That’s what in the USA they call a certain spot on a baseball bat and in the UK a cricket bat when you strike the ball and there is no shock travelling down the handle. It’s the sweet spot if you will. Centre of percussion (COP) is identified on tools too, especially tools like hammers.…

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  • Daniel Glenning on Autism Support in WoodworkingThe world needs more programs like this one. Thanks for taking the lead and getting it started. My hope is this will be the start of a movement all over the world!
  • Emily Keene on Autism Support in WoodworkingThis is a truly wonderful thing you are doing (in addition to the other wonderful things you have done). Many women with autism learn to "mask" it, and I was diagnosed relatively l…
  • Bill on Diminishing Craft ValueI sometimes think that complaining about what we have lost through haste and a search for efficiency and productivity is wasted breath. We need to proceed from where we are now. I…
  • Kevin Nairn on Diminishing Craft ValueI know a little bit about this as I have been a design & technology technician in a large secondary school in north London for 28 years. Rather than move towards teaching more…
  • Lockwood Ian on Diminishing Craft ValueHi Paul, a really interesting observation. I think however in this world of Technology and high speed living people are craving using their hands. Gardening, Cooking, Woodworking a…
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