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Forum topic by Dave posted 05-27-2013 02:13 AM 2263 views 6 times favorited 48 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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05-27-2013 02:13 AM

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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#1 posted 05-27-2013 02:40 AM

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

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#2 posted 05-27-2013 02:47 AM

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

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#3 posted 05-27-2013 03:03 AM

Thank you Gary.

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#4 posted 05-27-2013 03:23 AM

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 05-27-2013 03:34 AM

Thanks , Dave .

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#6 posted 05-27-2013 04:00 AM

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

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#7 posted 05-27-2013 04:08 AM

Cool…. that was interesting.

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#8 posted 05-27-2013 05:27 AM

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 05-27-2013 11:12 AM

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 05-27-2013 12:35 PM

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 05-27-2013 12:43 PM

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

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#12 posted 05-27-2013 12:45 PM

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 05-27-2013 01:00 PM

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 05-27-2013 01:08 PM

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 05-27-2013 01:12 PM

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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