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Nice quick job on that Michael. Say, what's that handy dandy tool in the second picture?
 
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Bill Anderson wrote:[W]hat's that handy dandy tool in the second picture?



It's a very old billhook. I found it in an antique tool shop in England. It does much of the things you would expect from a hatchet and a draw knife. Of course it is great for copicing and hedge laying.
 
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Submitted for consideration.

Seem like there are technical differences in sharing images from my personal Nextcloud server.
Photographs attached.

A split has developed in the handle since that last photograph was taken.
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green wood carved mallet
green wood carved mallet
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shaping mallet
shaping mallet
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cutting wood for mallet
cutting wood for mallet
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Is my piece of found firewood too old, hard, and dry or is the hatchet too dull or too small? Seems I would need an ax to shape this wood.
 
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It's much easier to use fresh (green) wood.  Once it's more than a couple days old it gets much tougher to work.  I'd think a hatchet should be a better tool than an axe for this project.  There's a BB for sharpening an axe (or hatchet) that you could knock out first
 
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What Mike said! I made my mallet--albeit a small one that works well for my weak wrists and small hands--from fresh maple. It took a long time to do with my dull hatchet. Once we sharpened the hatchet, work went much faster.

Aged wood is also harder to carve. I made my spoon from aged, dry cherry wood, and it took a while! The one from fresh maple I made went much faster, even though it was 4 times as large.
 
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Submission for PEP BB club style mallet

Attempting the 7 minute quick and dirty mallet challenge

I made it in about 12 minutes with just the hatchet but it was not comfortable so I took an additional 4 minutes with the knife.

16 minutes total but I already have a better understanding of how to form the handle shape I need and I believe it will go more quickly having a mallet to more accurately place my hatchet strikes.

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Beginning green wood
Beginning green wood
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Starting the handle with poor technique
Starting the handle with poor technique
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Adjusted technique is paying off
Adjusted technique is paying off
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In action with full froe
In action with full froe
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Final product with tools
Final product with tools
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At 7 min mark it was useable but not comfortable
At 7 min mark it was useable but not comfortable
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