Just what is an Appalachian Power Hammer?
Appalachia is the eastern mountain region of the USA and West Virginia is right in the middle of it--we're the Mountain State. And wherever you find mountains and mountain people, you're guaranteed to find two things--ingenuity and a scarcity of goods.
You can build the Appalachian Power Hammer anywhere in the world because blacksmiths are ingenious. Just look through the junk piles and you will find everything you need to build a cheap, hard-hitting power hammer for your shop.
The idea behind Rusty was to build it out of what was available. And that idea works just about everywhere.
Rusty has now evolved to Dusty, the 50# power hammer, and Super Rusty, the simplified #35 version of the original. Check them out while you're here.