Progress Pic Chased/Repousee Frog

May 3, 2019
Baltimore DC area
Thanks for the great info, Takoyaki!

I have some experience in blacksmithing and tool making, so I think I will be more connected with it if I forge the hammer head and lathe out the handle myself once I know the preferred styles I'm going for.

Good tip on the square stock for punches and chisels. In stone setting I often make my own for individual jobs as they come up, and have noticed the turning you're talking about with tools I make out of an old bur or beading tool that has a round shank.

I didn't even realize that there were different hardness levels for pitch. Mine is hard as a rock for work holding, so I should find a softer one once I start practicing this skill.

Thanks again for the great tips.