I hope this story has encouraged you to try metal shaping. You don’t have to have a large investment of tools to do the basics. You can basically do two things to sheet metal when shaping it. You can stretch it and shrink it. We’ve done that with a wooden mallet, a leather sand bag, and a wooden stump. The only thing in this equation I purchased was the aluminum and some other materials to make the wooden mallet. I hand stitched the leather bag, and Mother Nature gave me the sand to fill it, and she also provided me with the stump. So go out there, give it a try, and make some dents! If you have any questions or suggestions for future installments of the column you can reach me at [email protected].