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326 days ago

If you have the time watch as the skilled North American Indian turns a tree into a water proof box. He uses simple tools. The adze, wedge, stone mallet and knife to make an ornate and water proof box. The show is 30 minutes long but well worth a glimpse in the methods of woodworking before the white man was here.

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Dan'um Style

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#1 posted 326 days ago

sorry Dave but indian’s didn’t have steel tools. stone hammers yes.

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#2 posted 326 days ago

wow That’s a video for all the hand tool folks.

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#3 posted 326 days ago

Thank you Gary.

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#4 posted 326 days ago

The video says they’re using a modern steel chisel now, but “In former times, an elk horn chisel would have been used.”

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#5 posted 326 days ago

Thanks , Dave .

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#6 posted 326 days ago

I am glad you like it!
I sure did.
It was filmed in 1963

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#7 posted 326 days ago

Cool…. that was interesting.

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#8 posted 326 days ago

Amazing…! Makes us realize how far we have come with tools that have improved …That guy was a definite artisan…

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#9 posted 326 days ago

Sometimes I think my RAS and cordless drill are too slow!
And did you notice that giant totem behind him as he worked> Wonder how big THAT tree was?

Cool. Thanks for sharing that find Dave.

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#10 posted 326 days ago

Dave that was a cool find…I love watching how it used to be done. Gives me a deep appreciation for the woodworkers before us.
Thank you for sharing.

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#11 posted 326 days ago

Very interesting. Using wooden wedges to split wood. Never saw that before.

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#12 posted 326 days ago

Look about 9 minutes into the video, Ya gotta wunder how many times he cracked himself in the knee with that adz…..

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#13 posted 326 days ago

Kinda scary pulling that straight knife at you, on the board laying on your lap. Don’t let that knife slip! Truth be told, that was someone with great talent.

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#14 posted 326 days ago

Very interesting. This adds a new joint to the traditional box – dovetail – rabbit scenarios. As slow as I work, using this method would allow me to complete one box every 5 years or so.

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#15 posted 326 days ago

Wow… That’s all I got…. just, wow.

And I gotta say, watching him use that knife the way he did gave me the willies. Some of his pull cuts were downright dangerous! :)

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