Saturday, July 12, 2008

32 Ounce Framing Hammer again

I've called in the expert - Stephen A. Shepherd of Full Chisel Blog, a man who is a walking encyclopedia about old tools. At his request I'm posting some close-ups of the 32 ounce framing hammer that I described earlier in this post.

Stephen also asked me to "clean up" the hammer, but I'm reluctant because I still might use it on the bookcover of Clear Heart if the wood grain idea doesn't pan out, and I want the hammer to show all its dings and rust as a reflection of the dings and rust in my characters' bodies. If you're an old carpenter (or even a young one), you know what I mean. Sorry, Stephen, but this is the best I can do right now.


  1. Joe,

    Let see if I can post now. The hammer was made by the STILETTO Tool Company and they are still in business. The large photograph helped, so you can leave the rust.


  2. Oh. Of course. I should've known that.

    Thanks, Stephen.

  3. Hi Joe

    When will your book be out and where will I be able to buy it?

  4. Mike, the book should be available by October, though I'm aiming for September. It will be listed on Amazon. Since it's print-on-demand, no stores will have it except maybe a few of my local ones if I hand-carry it to them. (I'm near San Francisco). I like to support real bookstores, but in this case you'd have to ask the local store to order it for you, which seems more complicated than just ordering for yourself online.