Broadaxe

Broadaxe, a hewing axe.

Broadaxes come in a wide range of shapes and sizes; big goosewing style broadaxes with a 12″ blade to short handled chopping broadaxe with a 5″ blade. They vary in size in shape based on the region they came from,…

How to Buy a Good Used Chisel

Some vintage tools I picked up at the flea market.

Chisels are great tools to buy used. Partly because it’s so difficult and expensive to buy new chisels of good quality. Most of the chisels you buy at the hardware store are junk when it comes to serious woodworking. The…

Barking Spud

Vintage barking spud for peeling logs

The barking spud, or barking iron, is a tool used to remove bark from a log. It’s a spoon or wedge shaped iron bit that is worked underneath the bark to free it from the log. The idea is to…

Mallet

Wood mallet for timber framing

The mallet is a very basic but important and frequently used tool for timber framing.  It’s used to pound chisels and other edge tools, drive pegs, and coerce huge timbers together. Mallets come in a wide variety of designs. Square…

Drawknife

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The drawknife is one of my favorite tools to use, at least when it’s sharp and the wood is green and soft. You can take long clean shavings from your work, the kind that give you goosebumps and make you…

Calipers

Calipers, a tool to measure diameter.

Calipers are useful tools for quickly checking the diameter or width of something. They’re useful when dealing with parts that don’t have regular measurements. Whatever the size of the part, the caliper will help you transfer that measurement. Using calipers…