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Robyn Hawk of A Fly on the Wall:

[BKYH] is a quick rundown on some of the most common hammers and what they do.

Who do I see this book being helpful for?   A new metals student, a wire wrapper who has discovered hammering their wire…the ideal use of this book?  Give it along with a goldsmith’s hammer or a chasing hammer as a birthday or holiday gift!


CONTACT: Wendy Edsall-Kerwin – Metalsmith, Jewelry Artist, and Author of Better Know Your Hammer
717-201-8621 | |


New Book Guides You Through the World of Hammers

(Elizabethtown, PA) July 14, 2011 Navigating through the world of jewelry and metalsmithing tools can be confusing.  Who knew that there are more than one or two types of hammers?  For those who wonder why metalsmiths have so many hammers there is a new guide called Better Know Your Hammer by Wendy Edsall-Kerwin.  Noticing that the most popular posts on her blog, Hammermarks, were from her series about specialty hammers, Edsall-Kerwin realized that newbies and self taught metal artists weren’t learning about these tools.

“So many people were finding my blog by searching for things like, ‘what’s a chasing hammer used for,’ that it became obvious that this wasn’t being taught in enough places,” said Edsall-Kerwin.  “I want people to know why a metalsmith needs so many hammers.  It’s not just because we’re tool junkies, each serves a unique purpose.”  So she decided to self publish her guide.  You can purchase Better Know Your Hammer as either a paperback or downloadable ebook and she made sure to include tips on using a hammer, a resource list, and a glossary to help you navigate through “jewelry speak.”  For more information or to purchase the book, visit

ABOUT WENDY EDSALL-KERWIN: Wendy Edsall-Kerwin is a jewelry artist and metalsmith living and working out of her home in Elizabethtown, PA.  She received a BFA from Tyler School of Art in 1998.  She exhibits at several craft shows a year, as well as participating in local, regional, and national exhibitions.  When she isn’t in the studio pounding away at metal, you can usually find her online at her blog, her website, or on Twitter as @wtek.


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