Mike Haasl flagged this submission as an edge case BB. BBV price: 0 Note: Missing a photo detail: final product held in your hand showing that your thumb and first finger can touch (any fatter than that and your hand will get very tired using it)
- roughly 16" long and 4" diameter at the fat end
- handle that you can comfortably hold
- handle is smooth enough that you won't get a splinter using it
- made with hand tools only
To document this Badge Bit, provide proof of the following as pictures or a video (<2 mins):
- Your chunk of wood that you are starting with (about 16 inches long and 4 inches in diameter)
- progress about half way through, with the hand tools you have decided to use for this
- final product held in your hand showing that your thumb and first finger can touch (any fatter than that and your hand will get very tired using it)
I harvested a piece of wood from the trail I maintain using a hand saw. The top of a tulip tree had come down during hurricane Ida. The branch was still green and I took a long enough piece so I could use the excess to make the other sand badge mallet.
I cut a 16 inch piece. I then cut a ring, the depth of my bow saw blade, marking the end of the head and start of the shaft. I then used my hand axe to shape the handle and my Japanese Nata to remove the bark from the head and chamfer the edges.
I only used my axe on the shaft, rotating and removing fine slivers to get a very smooth fines. It’s the first time I’ve used an axe for such delicate work. It was a real joy.