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Aaron Gouge

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I’m up in Central Ohio working on one of my brothers properties this week. He was looking at a roofing job. It was a very old church. In the bell tower he found a discarded bell hammer! I hope the arm is wrought iron. Any thoughts of what the hammer could be? Not going to be home till the weekend where I can do some experimenting.

   As always, thanks!! 

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I'd presume that the whole thing is wrought, if it's old enough, or mild steel.  There isn't any reason for it to be anything more than that.

G

"The worst day smithing is better than the best day working for someone else."

 

I said that.

 

If a thing is worth doing, it is worth doing badly.

- - -G. K. Chesterton

 

So, just for the record: the fact that it does work still should not be taken as definitive proof that you are not crazy.

 

Grant Sarver

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The arm is probably wrought, but the head could be bronze, brass, lead, or cast iron, as well as wrought, ir even a very hard wood like lignum vitae.  Hit it with a file and see what color it is.  Bell founders did odd things to get the tone they wanted.

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Thanks guys….I may have a file somewhere in my work trailer…actually my angle grinder is in the trailer. Maybe I will grind it clean to see what I can see!! 
       It’s not Lignum vita. I have never seen Lignum vita rust!! I love the smell of it being milled! I grew up around it in South America! That’s actually what I’m using for the handle on this knife! 

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