I made an ‘amplifier’ for my iphone.
I am charmed by rustic tools. Extreme simplicity, implied durability and the clear functionality speak strongly to me. I am delighted when I can capture that in a tool that I make.
Here are several recently made tools that are unique, simple, solid and quite functional.
This shows them sheathed and unsheathed. I tried quite a few variations on sheath making and am finally happy with one of the results. All of the saws have handles made of pecan. The difference is how the wood was preserved.
One pattern that keeps showing up, is the basic Mallet made in three layers. The result is pretty and as reliable as any mallet, so I think this pattern can be considered a classic, despite it’s relatively recent appearance. From this view it looks just like the original classic.
This is one of my friends. Probably. OK, maybe. At least this girl is the enemy of my enemies, and I prefer to know exactly where a biting thing is than having biting things flying around me.
This video has an odd enough history of impact. I have even heard it argued, in absence of the actual video, that it proved that chip breakers did not work.
There has been such a current of downplay on chip breakers, that when I originally wrote this article, I decided that I was not yet ready to publish it. There are some very talented and skilled woodworkers, some of them with a great deal of historical background, that would strongly disagree with me. A lot of these craftsmen are of such skill that I doubt I will or even could come close to the mastery of woodworking tools that they command.
But with this video link available, I feel a bit more confident.