Monday, September 3, 2012

Hammer - In 2012!

The 2012 Hammer-In sponsored by the North Texas Blacksmith Association ran from noon Friday Aug. 31 to noon Monday Sept. 3rd. I arrived Friday evening and had a full weekend of learning, playing with metal, and meeting some of the colorful characters of the armouring world. Friday evening got off to a great start as I met the one-and-only Ugo Serrano. I looked at the repouse' tools that he uses and the ones brought by Mykaru. Then, working with Jim Sotelo (Ameliano) I cut up 2 foil blades, a broken epee, and two 3' lengths of piano wire (pre-hardened 1060 rod in 3/16" and 1.4") into tool-length bits. Some of these bits I turned into repousse' and chasing tools.