The Making of LEAD HAMMERS

| February/March 2001

2301 61st Street, Lubbock, Texas 79412

I have found the lead hammer useful in restorations, as a thump from a lead hammer is less likely to break cast iron and does not mar.

Lead hammers are available from commercial sources and the hammers shown would cost about ten dollars plus postage, which would bring them to about fifteen dollars each, and after a certain amount of use, they would be battered beyond use.

Should the reader decide to make a lead hammer, he should make several, as they do deteriorate with use and need to be remelted. The equipment needed can be as simple as a charcoal barbecue fire, stainless steel bowl and a stainless steel cup as a ladle. A Coleman camp stove will melt lead.

Observe the usual safety procedures: eye shield, leather gloves, boots and apronheating the lead should be outdoors with the wind to the back to avoid breathing the vapors coming off lead.

The best lead is from automobile wheel weights, which contain antinomy for hardening. These may be obtained from tire shops. Another source of lead would be indoor shooting ranges which salvage their lead. Salvage yards would also have lead. However, the recyclers in our area buy at five cents per pound and charge twenty-five cents to sell.