Production Begins on the Lump Hammer
Posted on 20 June 2018
Today Raney showed me the final pre-production version of the new Crucible lump hammer and – as of this evening – we are officially in production with this long-awaited tool.
Before I tell you more about the lump hammer, let me first explain why things have been so quiet on this blog. For nine months in 2017 and 2018, my sisters and I took care of our father as he ended a long battle with cancer (the cancer won).This is not to ask for pity or to offer an excuse. It is a simple statement that working on Crucible during that period was simply too much. And so Raney and John have been doing just about everything to keep the company going, except for the blogging. That’s my job, and I’ve been MIA.
I can’t thank John and Raney enough for covering for me during this difficult time. But I am now ready to pull my weight for the company.So About the Lump Hammer
We don’t have a date as to when the first batch will be complete and ready for sale. We are hoping for August. The price will definitely be less than $100 – we’re shooting for $85 or a little more. And that price will include domestic shipping.The rest of the specs are the same. The head is hardened steel, weighs about 2-1/2 lbs. and is made in our laboratory in Indiana. The handles are hickory, American-made and charred in Indiana before assembly.
In the coming weeks, I’ll post a video showing some of the many uses for this tool.
What Do You Use a Lump Hammer For?
Everything. Though I’ve been absent from Crucible, I have been using our lump hammers every day in the shop. I assemble and disassemble furniture with it. I mortise with it. I set holdfasts. Adjust planing stops. Anything that needs a heavy but controlled blow.
— Christopher Schwarz
So it won’t be long. The handles are made. The heads are in the mill. And the torch is getting warmed up.