Forming Tools

Hammers

Hammers

Vise on a heavy table. The table is covered with tin cans. 

Vise on a heavy table. The table is covered with tin cans. 

The gears with handle are actually the Pexto sheet metal working tool

The gears with handle are actually the Pexto sheet metal working tool

Traditional silversmithing and metalsmithing hammers (which hang ready to use) along the side of a heavy duty work table covered in tin cans. 

A vise is bolted onto the top of the table along with rolling mills and Pexto (all shown in the photo above). The Pexto was originally used for forming sheet metal duct work. 

Not shown are traditional silversmithing stakes which are stored under the table. This keeps them relatively clean, out of the way, and helps weigh down the table with more weight.


Bending Tin Cans with a Brake

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A bending brake like the one shown above, bends metal in a straight line. My bending brake is about 70 years old with a working area of 18". It came with a heavy duty table which I covered with tin cans. 

Working at the brake (shown above), I can bend the flat sheet metal from the recycled tin cans to fabricate complex forms. The folded metal is assembled to fabricate the wall frameschairsseder plates, and the window frames.

*Photo Credit: Aryn Shelander