Machine Shop: Make a Hammer

Metal Fabrication

Machine Shop: Make a Hammer

Learn how to make a hammer from aluminum and brass as you learn basic metal machining techniques.


Tuition Assistance and Other Policies

Meeting Times
  1. Tue, 6/11/2024 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
  2. Thur, 6/13/2024 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Tue, 6/11/2024 - Thur, 6/13/2024


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Class, Has Prerequisite

Metal Fabrication Studio

Machine Shop


Machining operations covered in the class include basic metal turning, external thread cutting, knurling, chamfering, cutting off, milling a flat on a round work piece, drilling, and tapping threads.

The hammer - yours to keep - has a brass head and is useful as a "positioning" hammer. A $20 Materials fee is included in the class price.  If you want a hammer head other than brass that's 1¼ inches in diameter, bring the material to the class.

Before the class, students should view the following four YouTube videos by "That Lazy Machinist" on how to make this type of hammer:

Part 1
Part 2
Part 3
Part 4


A $20 matierals fee, included in the price of the class, includes everything you'll need to make one hammer.



BARN Policies

  • View BARN's Cancellation and Refund Policy.
  • Tuition Assistance is available. Fill out the application before registering.
  • BARN is committed to accessibility. We try to make accommodations when requested; the earlier you contact us, the more likely we can help. Please email to find out more or request an accommodation.
  • Sensory Statement: Makerspaces like BARN can be noisy and cluttered, smell strongly, and have bright or flickering lights.

Instructors or Guides

Eli Backer

Eli Backer is an artist, composer, and engineer who works in a wide range of media and is constantly making. A Bainbridge native, she holds a master's degree in glass from the Rhode Island School of Design, and a bachelor's in computer engineering from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo. Her work can be found in the Cynthia Sears Artist’s Books Collection at the Bainbridge Island Museum of Art, at the Center for Book Arts in NYC, and at the Fleet Library in Providence, R.I. She finds setting type and working with the presses quite meditative.

Andy Dupree

Andy Dupree is a harpsichord maker, professional woodworker, and business consultant based on Bainbridge Island.

Originally working as an organ builder in Ohio, he later trained as a harpsichord maker before opening his own shop. He has built instruments for such institutions as the Eastman School of Music and the Oberlin Conservatory of Music.

Andy moved to the Northwest, working for Microsoft before turning to management and leadership consulting. Over the last few years, he has been honing his skills as a machinist and now focuses on tool making and building small steam engines.

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