Musket Ball in Wormy Chestnut

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Blog entry by HighRockWoodworking posted 06-11-2010 09:27 PM 1563 reads 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Ok so I am posting this with no picture right now but I just had to tell everyone. I was in NC yesterday planing some wormy chestnut board that I am using for my next project and found something really cool. The wood came out of my great grandmothers old house and we know that it was at least 120 years old. Before planing I looked the wood over to make sure there were no nails left but after a few passes I noticed that one of the boards had a shiny spot on it. I though it was a nail but after looking closer I realized that it was a musket ball!!....How cool is that! I was so excited that I forgot to take pictures but I will be back up in a few weeks and will take a picture to post.

-- Chris Adkins,

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#1 posted 06-11-2010 09:34 PM

that IS pretty cool. I wonder what the story behind those would be…

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#2 posted 06-11-2010 09:46 PM

Civil War? Revolutionary War? Indian rebellian??? Lousy shot at some food? Jed Clampett?

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#3 posted 06-11-2010 10:07 PM

cool can´t wait to see how you will incoperate that to your next project


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#4 posted 06-11-2010 10:27 PM

I’m thinking Jed… But that’s just because I think it’s funny…

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#5 posted 06-11-2010 11:44 PM

Very cool. are you keeping it in place?

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#6 posted 06-12-2010 02:20 AM

So now the question was it fired into the tree or into the house.

Great find.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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#7 posted 06-13-2010 03:14 AM

I know that there was a civil war training camp not far from the old house so it is possible that is was civil war….but it is back country so Jed is a good possibility too… I think that it was in the wood before the tree was cut as the wood looks like it grew around the hole.

As for what I am going to do with it, I do plan on leaving it in as I would destroy it trying to get it out anyway. I am going to try and put it somewhere in the project. I think it will make a great conversation piece.

Thanks for the comments!

-- Chris Adkins,

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