Hand Tools Archive

Subject:
Re: Elusive Tools - What's yours?

Wiley Horne
Hi David and all,

My ears were burning, so thought I’d speak up. There are two groups of tools I have a never-ending wantsa for—early-American ones, and certain hammers.

For example, here are two Jo. Fuller ogees, from around 1800:

https://www.flickr.com/photos/78661951@N07/48002951638/in/album-72157708928491397/

https://www.flickr.com/photos/78661951@N07/48002934592/in/album-72157708928491397/

They still make beautiful profiles, and I’ll ask you to take my word for it for right now. And the irons take plenty of use. I think (not sure) that the Americans were still using imported English steel at that time. Under the mercantile economics imposed on the colonies at that time, the Americans shipped iron (and cotton, for example), and then bought the finished steel and woven goods from English factories.

Another vision quest was for a smithing hammer, a real one. Kayoko, who some of you know, sent me this one:

https://www.flickr.com/photos/78661951@N07/48002950838/in/album-72157708928491397/

It’s about a pound and a half. For scale, shown here with a chu tataki chisel. I really like it for mortising. Different view:

https://www.flickr.com/photos/78661951@N07/48003016778/in/album-72157708928491397/

Wiley

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