Five of my hammers are for texturing. Their sole purpose is making interesting marks in metal. My favourites are the Fretz (the two dark brown handled ones) texturing hammers. I love the different textures they make and I use them in nearly all aspects of my work.
Two of these hammers are riveting hammers. They are very narrow (chiselled) on one end and the other end has a smooth, flat round (or square) face. The chiselled end is good for starting rivets and can make very cool textures in metal. The flat surface is good for flattening and finishing rivets as well as flattening wire and forming metal.
Three of these hammers fall into the category of Chasing hammers, though only one of those three is an actual chasing hammer. The other two are small ball-peen hammers and serve much the same purpose. My chasing hammer is peened on one end and has a smooth, round half-domed face on the other end. Chasing is when a design "sunk" into the metal, often used with repousse (creating a relief in metal from the back of the piece to get a 3D shape). I haven't done any repousse (embossing) but I do use these hammers for forming and texturing. They are different sizes so they cover all kinds of projects.
One hammer is a two pound brass head mallet. It is used for punching out discs (with my disc-cutter) and stamping metal. I love this hammer....usually this is used when you need to hit something really hard! Great if you're having a lousy day and need to work out some frustration.
My last hammer is another mallet. It's made from rawhide and I use it more than any other hammer. It is good for flattening metal, and forming pieces but it doesn't mark the metal or stretch it too much. It almost never gets put away, it just sort of hangs out next to my bench block.
There is a little tour of some of my favourite tools. It is hard to keep myself from buying tools...they are so much fun! Especially my hammers. They feel great in my hands and it's very satisfying when something isn't working out the way I expect it to. All I have to do is hit it with a hammer. Sometimes, I end up with a mess but sometimes, I get whole new and unexpected piece! Plus, it's just a great way to relieve stress...in how many jobs can you just hit something with a hammer when it irritates you? I love this job.
Until next time....keep swinging!