From my experience there are basically three methods for texturing metal for the average smith.
- beating with a hammer
- using a spring swage (works best if you have a power hammer or treadle hammer
- using press dies with a hydraulic press.
Now, this doesn't mean that you can't use either the spring swage or press dies with your hammer and anvil. But juggling your hammer, metal, and die/swage usually requires three hands. And without a helper I found it incredibly difficult.
A "storyboard" of a variety of textures
(Red Mountain Ironworks)
Hammer a piece of round rod across another
piece of round rod
Hammer with cross pein, rotate 90-120° then repeat until you're satisfied
Pebble textured spring swage
A variety of textures
Texture made of hammer marks. Yes, the same
ones you spend so much time getting rid of.
Gee Mom, look what else I've found!
- Hammer Texture Spring Swages
- Blacksmithing - Making a Texturing Tool From A Ball Peen Hammer
- Need A Tool Make A Tool - Blacksmith Tree Bark Texturing With Concrete
- forge your own blacksmith tools - round texture punch
- Forge texture on steel for blacksmithing
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