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Jeff_F

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04-11-2014 02:22 AM

Topic tags/keywords: hand tools birdcage awl awl marking tools

Hi,

About a year ago Norm Reid and I started a company called Shenandoah Tool Works and announced a new product called the Shenandoah Mallet. We’ve been selling the mallet on our website and had a very nice time and show at the Woodworking In American conference this past year. We are now happy to announce our second product….a birdcage awl.

This birdcage awl is hand-forged with a decorative twisted shank and a hand-turned handle to a shape that will provide great comfort and satisfaction in use. The birdcage awl uses the same highly figured hardwoods that we use in our mallets.

Here is an example:

Please take a look at our website at: www.shenandoahtoolworks.com

Thanks,
Jeff & Norm

-- Jeff, www.jeffswooddesigns.com


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woodchuckerNJ

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#1 posted 04-11-2014 03:13 AM

Very nice looking.

That’s a limited audience though… Good luck.

-- Jeff NJ

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Mark Shymanski

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#2 posted 04-11-2014 03:19 AM

Wow, that is a beautiful awl! I hope they sell well for you.

-- "Checking for square? What madness is this! The cabinet is square because I will it to be so!" Jeremy Greiner LJ Topic#20953 2011 Feb 2

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TopamaxSurvivor

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#3 posted 04-11-2014 03:32 AM

Beautiful awl! I just took a look at your website. Why a steel head on the mallet? Don’t most WWers want a wood mallet for chisels, ect?

-- "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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Jeff_F

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#4 posted 04-11-2014 02:35 PM

Hi TopamaxSurvivor,

Thanks for your reply to my post. In response to your question I’ll tell you what I believe….

Back when mallets were made out of lignum vitae I would agree that most woodworkers used wooden mallets because the Lignum vitae is a very dense and heavy wood. The mallet heads were small and could easily fit in your hand in you choked up on the mallet or pack a punch if you slide your hand down on the handle. When lignum vitae became scarce other woods were used and even plastic. Unfortunately, to get a heavier mallet meant increasing the size of the head…which makes it harder to hold when you just want to tap your gouge or chisel. Therefore, you are seeing many mallets today being produced with a metal head. These mallets pack a huge punch in a small package. Mary May, the professional woodcarver, introduced me to metal heads during a class I took with her and Shannon Rogers, The Renaissance Woodworker, loves using our metal head mallet.

You can choke up on the mallet and the head fits nicely in your hand for tapping a gouge or chisel when a lighter touch is needed like doing dovetails or small mortise or you can slide your hand down the handle when more force is needed. You will be amazed how much punch you get with very little effort.

Most people then ask, “won’t I dent my chisel handles?”. I have not found this to be the case and I have not heard anyone complain about this happening.

I hope this helps… the best thing would be to purchase a mallet and give it a try!!!

Jeff

-- Jeff, www.jeffswooddesigns.com

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#5 posted 04-11-2014 07:24 PM

Thanks for the info Jeff.

-- "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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