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Learning How to Use an Air Hammer

The Voice: Hey, Kevin. What are you doing?

Kevin Caron: While we were back East on a business trip, the Tool Fairy came by and left me a new power tool. So, I'm filling up these three chambers with sand to help deaden the vibration from this machine.

This is an air-powered metal shaper. It's mostly for sheet metal, but you can do heavier metals with it. This tool is going to take the place of the sandbag and hammer. It's going to take the place of putting it over my knee and bending it that way.

This is a lot faster and much more precise. It is actually safer, in my opinion, because you're not flinging a hammer around or having chips fly off. You don't have to heat the metal as with a forge or with a torch, so you don't have to deal with the excessive heat.

It comes with a bunch of little dies to do various things. These are for shaping. This is for smooth shaping and finish work. This is for rough shaping. This die is for shrinking metal.

You can fold metal over enough so that you can actually fold it on top of itself and make a bowl. You can take a flat piece of steel and bend it all the way around.

Smoothing dies, they take the little hammer marks out or other little marks.

A lot of it is right here in the book. I'm spending a lot of time reading, going back and forth between what the book says and the metalwork I'm playing with here. We've got a video that comes with it that shows how to use a lot of it.

So, that's what I?ve been doing. I?ve been trying to teach myself here in the studio the last couple of days, so I can get back to work on another metal sculpture that I've been working on; one for which I've been waiting for this machine to come in.

So, if you'll excuse me, I'll get back to work.

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