Bill Fretz has been crafting his own custom tools for years. His innovative, award-winning tools are not only the prized possessions of scores of jewelry-makers, they have also been exhibited at trade shows and in galleries. Bill’s passion for making tools is
Bill Fretz has teamed up with Interweave to make a great new set of DVDs that demonstrate his extraordinary skill with jewelry hammers and stakes. check it out!
Over the years, I’ve had the pleasure of explaining all the different Fretz hammers and their uses at various trade shows such as the Society of North American Goldsmith’s Conference and JCK. At those shows, I have answered the question, “What’s this one used for?” countless times. Following is an outline of the answers I give to this question for the planishing, raising, and embossing hammers…
Forming, riveting, raising, chasing, goldsmith’s, texturing—so many hammers for jewelers to use (the list goes on and on)! Here at Rio, we L-O-V-E hammers. We love them so much that we stock well over 100 hammers and hammer kits. With such a wide range of choices, how do you know which hammer or mallet to use? Today’s post on The Studio will take some of the mystery out of hammers and show you the exciting array of hammer resources available on Rio Grande’s website!