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Blog series by swirt updated 06-10-2010 04:08 PM 3 parts 11335 reads 42 comments total

Part 1: Marking Hatchet?

04-23-2010 10:30 PM by swirt | 8 comments »

This odd hand axe belonged to my Great Grandfather (Living in Swain NY in the first half of the 1900’s). He was a farmer, ran a small saw mill and made maple syrup among many other things. This hatchet may have been connected to one of these activities. If anyone knows more about this particular marking axe, I’d enjoy hearing about it. The axe is just over 12” in length. Has a 2” rounded blade that is not sharp and appears to never have had a bevel applied to it...

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Part 2: Wooden Paddles

06-08-2010 05:05 PM by swirt | 15 comments »

My Great Uncle was a carpenter back in the 1930’s. I recently had the chance to go through his old toolbox and marvel at some of the old tools. Most of them I could figure out, but these two have me scratching my head.They are wooden paddles. One with a straight wedge design (the lighter colored one) and the other has a slight curve to it. The handles have a lot of patina so they saw a lot of use, but there is no heavy wear or damage to the paddles themselves that would indicate lo...

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Part 3: Circle Cutter

06-10-2010 04:08 PM by swirt | 19 comments »

Back in my Great Uncle’s Old toolbox (he was a finish carpenter in the 1930’s) I found this odd circle marking / cutting device that is used in a brace.(The tri-square in the photo is 6” long)The arms are fully adjustable in length from roughly a 1/2” radius out to ~3” So it could mark out a circle out to about 6” in diameter. Given the design, the outer edge of the circle could never be less than ~1 1/2” in radius. The center post (pivot) has no...

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