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Edition 35 - Page 3 of 18 September 24, 2004
B² Design Power Hammer School
Mooresville, North Carolina
  • A.  My first attempt Thursday night
  • B.  My second attempt before classes
  • 0.  Short round points (not shown)
  • 1.  Ball on long taper 5/8" round
  • 2.  Oak Hill Leaf (I made two on one)
  • 3.  Coat hook with leaf and ball
  • 4.  Stylized leaf or organic element
  • 5.  Stylized organic element
  • 6.  Leaf from flat bar
  • 7.  Leaf from flat bar
  • 8.  Textured and scrolled element
  • 9.  Block and taper in 1" square bar
  • 10.  4-1/2" wide leaf from 1" square bar
  • 11.  Experimental leaf from 1" square
  • 12-14.  Final projects (not shown)
The Uri Hofi Method of free hand forging elements made using high performance general purpose dies is taught at the B² Design Power Hammer School. The instructor Zeevik Gottlieb is a former Uri Hofi student and full time smith working at Oak Hill Ironworks where the big BLU hammers are manufactured.

The theory of the elements is that once a smith learns to make a set of elements they can be combined in many ways to produce finished works. The set of elements taught in this course is just the begining. For more possibilities see the ABANA Conference NEWS and the Uri Hofi Gallery.

Who is Uri Hofi? (Big BLU Hammer Mfg. article)
space   Hofi Combo Dies

These are a refined version of common combo dies. The flat section has properly radiused edges for drawing and producing tapers. This is standard industrial open die forging practice that many manufacturers have ignored in recent decades, providing sharp edged dies that cut up the work instead. The narrow section replaces the wide radiused section of popular combo dies. The radiused section is not neaded because edge radiuses on the flat section take care of drawing. The narrow section is used for blocking and making shoulders.
space   space Hofi Crown Dies

These are agressive but highly developed dies that can be used for spreading directionaly and for pinching the edges of pieces like using one's fingers to work the steel. An interesting result of paired crown dies is that both the front and the back of the work have the same shape and texture. This makes wonderful three dimensional work.

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