dov ganchrow's hammer leaves a heart-shaped mark

dov ganchrow's hammer leaves a heart-shaped mark

now on show at the periscope gallery in tel-aviv, dov ganchrow’s ‘a love/hate thing’ acts as a personal commentary on the local design scene over the past two decades. 

two electro-eroded hammer
all images © moti fishbain



is the urge to leave a mark, a curse or blessing? dov ganchrow often ponders this question. how much of a mark? how much of theirselves? how much of a mark on the ecological system / cultural trend / design students / human well-being?

hammer and electrode for erosion



here an off-the-shelf hammer has been marked using the industrial mold-making technique of electro erosion (EDM). its steel hammering head has been reshaped into a heart, and the hammer has been transformed into a tool for leaving a mark. anything struck by it will now have a signature ‘heart’ – shape indented on it – be it a tree, wall or hood of an ex-lovers car. the hammer is a tool for constructing but it can also destroy.

hammer and indentation


making of the electrode


electro-erosion at work


electro-erosion process


creation process








project info:


design: dov ganchrow
work title: a love/hate thing
materials: electro-eroded steel hammer
photography: moti fishbain
supported by: fab defense and roni naim metal products for electronics ltd.


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edited by: maria erman | designboom

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