16″ long x 9.5″ wide x 2.5″ deep.
Beautiful wood handle and stone on this antique hammer from Ostuni, Italy. C1900. Originally used to install cobble stones in Ostuni, Italy’s Apulia region known for its whitewashed old town.
This antique cobble stone hammer was sourced in the spirit of wabi-sabi, a Japanese philosophy that beauty can be found in imperfection and impermanence. It is a beauty of things modest and humble. A beauty of things unconventional. It is the opposite of vulgarity. The costs of achieving this kind of minimalism are seemingly inconsistent with its mission of aesthetic humility. This kind of luxury is for a select few: The Emperor of Japan had a wabi garden. Wabi is for people who already have a lot.