TRIPPHAMMER BLACKSMITH SHOP
TrippHammer Forging Philosophy
Form follows function. If a tool works well (function) then it has been well formed. There is nothing more beautiful than a well designed and executed tool. The tool designs which have persisted throughout history have done so because they function well. A blacksmith's crosspein hammer is the perfect tool for forging. Each smith forges his hammer to look different; but the balance, weight, and working faces of the tool vary only slightly. Viking hammers unearthed in archaeological digs bear a striking resemblance to modern crosspein hammers.