If you got a hand under it, it'd likely _feel_ like Mjolnir too. :)
It looks like a helve hammer. Hinged on one end of the beam, something;
a water wheel, electric motor and gearbox, windmill, whatever, lifts it
up and gravity sets it down. Been around since the Middle Ages and maybe
It's not so much the hitting that tires one smithing: It's lifting the
darn hammer back up to hit again.
That's my guess and I'm sticking to it.
Bring back, Oh bring back
Oh, bring back that old continuity.
It's a tilt hammer. Usually water powered. It is usually pivoted close
to the other end, maybe at 1/4 the length of the beam. Often, a shaft
directly from the water wheel passes by above the far end. The shaft
has pins or rough cogs that push the far end down, raising the hammer end.
We got a chance to try one in Austria a few years ago. It certainly
can strike hard, but the hammer stays down until the next cog comes by,
cooling the workpiece.
The one in the picture us a pretty big one. There were/are lots of
You may be interested in these plans and pic on the Helve Hammer.
Yes I know its only small scale stuff for sheetmetal work, but its a
Yeah they are all right. The Helve hammer was usually connected to a
water wheel, you'll notice in the image you sent that there is a lever
to the smith's right from where he is sitting. That lever moved a
series of cogs to change how fast the hammer struck or completely stop
it from striking. Those old farts were really clever when it came to
When trahern put fingers to keys it was 1/13/07 1:09 PM...
How many on this list can honestly say that they haven't lost sleep
trying to figure an easier/faster/more-efficient way to do something?
We stand on the shoulders of thousands of generations that stayed awake
in the dark trying to find a better way.
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