Sue Aygarn-Kowalski, ‘Functional Striking Tools’, 2012-2015, Mobilia Gallery
Sue Aygarn-Kowalski, ‘Functional Striking Tools’, 2012-2015, Mobilia Gallery

This is a group of striking tools, sold individually and priced between $900 - $1600.

"My hammers are meant to be functional as well as sculptural.
I fabricate them from exotic hardwoods and a variety of
metals. The colors in the wood are naturally occurring, not
painted or dyed. Individual components are made using a
combination of lathe-work and hand-fabrication. I start by
slicing, sanding, and stacking alternating pieces of different
types of exotic hardwoods, aligning the grain as each piece
is glued and clamped on a stainless steel center shaft, which
gives strength to the hammer body. The metal components of
the hammers (brass or bronze tails, necks, and heads) are
screwed on to the threaded shaft using taps and dies. The
wooden handles are hand-turned on a lathe at different points
in the process, sometimes before metal components are
added and sometimes after. I don’t use any CAD design; each hammer is made using
freehand turning and multiple polishings. Sometimes the hammers are loosely based
on animal forms and one hammer seems to inform the shape of the next to be made." Sue Aygarn-Kowalski