Micro architecture

The development of a hatchet was done by drawing, shaping and modeling processes involving plastolin, paper and 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. In combination with the  handle made from ash wood, the hatchet provides an ergonomic functional unit.

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

The architecturally appealing design shows both graphic clarity and plastically extended elements. It plays with internal tensions and relationships with each of its components.

©Heinrich Ehnert, 2018