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Micro architecture


The development of a hatchet was preceded by exploration through drawing, shaping and modeling processes involving plastolin, paper and plaster.

The architecturally appealing design shows both graphical determinateness and plastically extended elements. It plays with internal tensions and relationships with each of its components.
Similar to a bridge, the head of the hatchet with its small striking plate dynamically stretches to the edge. The cheek is plastically pressed, which separates the cutting edge from the body and additionally emphasizes it.

Two advantages are obtained from the crimped and arched cheek: on the one hand, it provides a protective handle for the hand to cut off small chips like a carving knife. On the other hand, the hatchet has a stronger wedge effect when splitting wood.

After the shaping process in plaster, the design was converted into the material corresponding to the function of the hatchet: tool steel. In a free-forging process it is plastically shaped. This method contrasts the subtractive form-finding process in plaster. Together with the ash handle, the forged hatchet provides an ergonomic functional unit.




©Heinrich Ehnert, 2017