bench pin and saw frame
This bench pin is brand new and ready to create some memories with ( I love making my own bench pins). I can't think of any tool combo I use more in the studio.
I made this hammer last year to combine the the two features I love best about a standard chasing hammer and riveting hammer to suite my needs. It looks delicate but boy does it hammer rivets and steel tools well!
I don't think making your own tools is necessary to have a fulfilling experience with your own set of tools in the studio but it does create an extra layer of meaning. I also enjoy giving life to old tools whenever possible. Not that I have a lot of spare time these days, but there's something special about bringing life back to a tool that has years-n-years of experience worn into it's surface.