We are thrilled to offer these fine hand-made rounding hammers, crafted in Alberta, Canada by former student of Alec, Ethan Harty. Made from 1045 steel with hardened faces and fitted with a charred and pine-tarred Hickory handle, these hammers are a joy to use.
• Steel: 1045
• Overall Length: 14-16"
• Handle: Hickory
• Made in Canada
What is a Rounding Hammer?
The rounding hammer was popularised by Brian Brazeal through the early 2000's. The geometry of the round face allows for a great deal of versatility in that it can either be used to concentrate the force of your hammer blow and forge metal faster than normal, or be tilted to be used like a cross or straight peen. It's a versatile and very effective tool that we love for forging with.
The Square Circle
Alec leaned to forge tools from Brian Brazeal at the age of 13. With Brian's mentorship and guidance, toolmaking eventually became Alec's staple product. Back in the days of Barker Street Forge, he would forge hammers for folks and teach them how to do so too. With time, and inspiration from other great makers, the Square Circle hammer evolved and became his favourite style to use.
Images from the 5-part YouTube Series Ethan Harty Produced on making these hammers! Watch here and subscribe to his channel too.