The oldest forms of hammer, first used by the Paleolithic man around 2.6 million BCE, points to one of the earliest moment when certain shapes of rock were considered to hold potential to be utilised as tool, while other rocks were not.
The moment when a cultural understanding and opinion gave value to natural materials around us.
This primitive tool, while going through numerous incarnations, remains one of the key tools for shaping and constructing the built environment millennia later. Yet it also serves the purpose of destruction, often seen in demolition site in the form of powerful machinery capable of turning artificial structures into rubble, nearing its return to nature.
Hammers embody two contradicting acts, one of creating and one of destroying. With its primitive yet fundamental form, it enables transformations of nature into culture and vice versa.
The head of Shape Hammers are found shapes that resembles a certain type of hammer: A blank block thought into a hammer head ready for use, its shape could be changed by hammering, combining creation and destruction into one act.
- Carving wax and casting bronze
- Type metal and pulpwood (maple)
- Marble and chisel steel