Treadle Hammers Other than the Grasshopper1 of 192/23/2004 10:46 PMThis page last revised on 6 Nov. 2003Treadle Hammers Other than the GrasshopperIf you're going to build a Grasshopper Treadle Hammer, you should know why. I have noaxe to grind here. If you need or want a treadle hammer, it is not necessarily a given thatthe Grasshopper Treadle Hammer is the machine for you. To help you decide, I'mproviding links to and information on other treadle hammers. Plans are available for someof these of these. Jere Kirkpatrick sells a kit. The "Big Lick," Richard Sheppard sellscomplete.Oliver HammersModern Swing-Arm ModelsVertical-Motion ModelsBasic Oliver HammerOtto SchmirlerRichard Sheppard's Big LickOlver Hammer at Old Sturbridge VillageNahum HersomOtto BaconAll-Steel Oliver HammerGade-MarxBob WarnerJere KirkpatrickClay Spencer's Vertical-Motion ModelClay Spencer / Hans PeotGrasshopperUncle Al'sPaul MorneaultOliver HammersAn Oliver Hammer was a sledge mounted on a pivot with a treadle to pull it down and aspring to pull it back up.
Treadle Hammers Other than the Grasshopper2 of 192/23/2004 10:46 PMIllustrations thoughtfully provided by Kevin Hall. Return to top.Oliver Hammer at Old Sturbridge Village (ca. 1992)
Treadle Hammers Other than the Grasshopper3 of 192/23/2004 10:46 PMPhotos by Schlosser at beautifuliron dot com (That's all the name he gives on his webpage) Return to top.
Treadle Hammers Other than the Grasshopper4 of 192/23/2004 10:46 PMAn all-steel Oliver Hammer. Click herefor commetary. No plans available, but you mightbe able to figure it out from this photo.Modern Swing-Arm ModelsOtto Schmirler's Treadle HammerFrom his book, Werk und Werkzeug des Kunstschmieds(Work and Methods of theArtsmith), as reviewed by Jock Dempsey: This may be the oldest hammer of this type. This machine is mounted to the wall, so is notmoveable.
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