Steinway hammer pendant

Hey, you guys were right about the mystery photo from last week – piano hammers they are.

Lucky me, I have was gifted 88 beautiful  Steinway piano hammers by my aunt-and-uncle-in-law, who recently had their antique grand piano rehammered. They are so cool (both Rudy & Frances and the hammers!)

I have a few ideas of things to make with them, but the trick is doing as little as possible with them – they are imbued with so much beauty and energy already, I don’t want to mess that up. Imagine, what, almost a century of music? Of practice, of intention, has moved through and thrilled these hammers. So many musicians. So many songs. These are powerful artifacts.

I made the A0 hammer into a pendant for my mother-in-law’s 67th birthday. Just a few silver beads and knotted cord to set it off.

She was thrilled!

And it went perfectly with her brunch outfit, too.



6 Responses

  1. Beautiful Anna. This is one of the things I love about you – how you see the inherent beauty and energy in something like old piano keys.

    My favourite part of this post was “the trick is doing as little as possible with them” – I’m taking way an important life lesson from this, whether you intended it or not.

    I’m proud to get to be your brother 🙂 Gonna miss you lots.

    Love Mike

  2. beautiful

  3. The necklace turned out great!
    How funny that it just happened to perfectly match what she was wearing that day…

  4. Those are beautiful! And there’s 87 left. What will you do with the rest?

    • thank you! there’s actually only 86 left, since i made myself a pendant too. I plan to make pendants with a few more of the hammers, to sell on etsy (nice christmas presents, i’m thinking), and i will use a dozen or so in a mobile for Rudy & Frances to hang in the music studio above the Steinway. although right now i’ve got them all strung on a loop of cord, and it makes the most beautiful sort of DNA strand/lei, i’m a bit loath to start any of those projects!

  5. […] made another of the Steinway hammers into a pendant – this one features hammer #2, which produces the 2nd lowest note on a piano, […]

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