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This is a badge bit (BB) that is part of the PEP curriculum.  Completing this BB is part of getting the sand badge in round wood working.

simply find a branch that has a crotch in it.   One part of the branch will be the part that attaches to the wall, and the other part will hold your coat!

Hand tools only.  Use green wood.  Peel all the bark.  Flatten the backing.  Round off the sharper edges.  Let dry before use.






Be safe when using your tools, work at your own risk, and enjoy building! :)

To get certified for this BB, post three pics.  

  - Your chunks of wood that you are starting with
  - Progress about half way through, with the hand tools you have decided to use for this
  - Final product
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I used wood from Privet that grows everywhere at my property.

I always thought it was hard to cut down, and then I discovered the other day that it has very hard wood that makes it good for wood carving, so I decided to put my excess supply to good use!
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I about broke my hand trying to cut this Privet wood with my pruners :)
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Tools and wood pieces are cut
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Used the loppers to shape the ends of the wood pieces
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Starting to carve
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Ready to use. This should come in handy!
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As I was cleaning/organizing out garage, I realized I didn't have many ways to hang up all my garden tools. I thought these little little coat hangers might be just the thing.

So, I went up our hill to where we have holly going (that, in and of itself, was quite an adventure, as the kids wanted to come, and my daughter was having a hard time making it up the hill). I cut down a section of holly wood to use to make some coat hangers. I LOVE how dense the holly is, and it's a really neat white color, too.

I made four coat hooks, since that's how many I could get out of the holly I brought down. I made some with two branch-hooks on them, for extra storage of smaller tools.

I found my little spoon carving knife really handy for getting in the hard-to-reach areas between the trunk and branch.

I made the backs flat, so they don't roll and lie flat, but kept them thick because the wall they'll be going on is behind a deep work bench. The work bench is too deep for me to reach to the wall, so having these thicker will help me reach them.
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The section of holly I brought down the hill
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Tools I used to cut it up into sections
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all carved up and ready to dry so I can sand them!
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Smoothed out the back to be a bit more flat, so it'd hang better on the wall.
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Another one of the backs
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Ken cut down a Fir tree with a bow saw for a BB so I used a couple branches to make some hooks. Now that I saw Nicoles post I wish I made more with what was available.
If Paul and Jocelyn would like, I'm thinking these might be installed in the classroom at the shop. If not I've got room for them.
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Peeled
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Cleaning up the backs for more surface area
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Snatched some trimmings off a shrub out front.

They’re pretty twisty. I’m curious how they’ll dry.
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Chunks.
Chunks.
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Bark peeled.
Bark peeled.
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Tacked up to dry.
Tacked up to dry.
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Before starting this BB I thought about what wood to use, and realized that there might still be some left from the apple wood I made my funky looking tasting spoon from !
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I made two coat hooks at the 2019 PEP1 event!  Started with a branch off a fir that I cut down two days ago.  I cut the pieces to size and sawed the back off of them since the main branch was a bit thick for my tastes.  The bark peeled off since it was spring-ish and I just had to round the corners and smooth off the pin knots.
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All done
All done
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The small one is elm. The big one is an experiment with privet. Privet tends to check a lot.
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I'm short of coat hooks, and I've got a tree...
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Trimmed these off the leftover evergreens I cleared for a friend
Trimmed these off the leftover evergreens I cleared for a friend
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Halfway through
Halfway through
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Finished, I'm going to confer with my son where they should go
Finished, I'm going to confer with my son where they should go
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2 coat hooks from small branch crotch round wood bb!
This is from the neighbors magnolia that blew over in last weeks storms.

Used a buck saw to remove my pieces a froe and wooden mallet to smooth out the backend a small carving knife for shaping the edges and removing the bark.

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Chunks of wood
Chunks of wood
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Halfway
Halfway
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Finished product
Finished product
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