Other side view
Eight and 1/2 inches long, 4 3/16 inches wide, and 2 3/16 inches thick, plus or minus a bit as it is 300 years old. Sent to me by my friend Sir William from the East coast as an ingredient for an old recipe for cutler’s cement that calls for brick dust.
It is a very hard brick and if you look closely you can see the shells from the lime making process in the matrix of the brick. The brick weighs 5 pounds. Seems a shame to grind it up, but it will give me a chance to test out my new cast iron mortar and pestle, and there apprently are more available.
I will report the results of the cutler’s cement recipe trials as they happen.
I can and do own a root burl war club, I own a Pueblo rabbit stick, I own a tomahawk, I own a bow and arrows, I own a 1842 Springfield musket, I own a 1848 Colt pocket pistol, I own a 1860 English double barrel 12 gauge shotgun, but I Can Not own a slingshot [county law]. Not sure about my David/Goliath sling?
I made this from maple to match the tapered octagonal handles of the rest of my shop tools, oak dowels are glued [fish glue] in to the ends of the forks. Natural gum rubber tubing, a piece of leather and linen thread to secure all the parts. It is finished with Moses T’s Gunstocker’s Finish.
However because it is illegal, I have not weaponized the flipper.
Yes it does match my other maple octagonal tapered handles on my chisels and dovetail saws. This has been on my list since childhood.
It is not a caliper, it is not a tuning fork, it is not a truncated trident, it is not a gimble, it is not a frog gig, it is not a boot jack, it is not an oar lock, it is not a pattern for a flyer [although I did use a flyer for the layout], it is not a crutch, it is not a stirrup, it is not a gun rest, it is not an equitorial mount and it is not brought to you by the letter ‘Y’. What is it?
Alas after nearly 10 years my ‘hand of death’ flyswatter is getting a bit limp in the wrist. I personally take a hand in the demise of the flies.
It has a hickory handle, waxed linen thread ‘netting’ the handle with a one piece leather strap. The leather hand is held to the hickory handle with an iron staple that is clinched. I straightened out the staple, removed the old hand and replaced it with a new one.
Now it is ready for the nasty flying bugs.
The first picture is of an accurate copy of the Hudson Bay Fur Company trade awls sold by the hundreds to Native Americans in the late 18th and early 19th centuries in North America. It was made several years ago by my friend Richard James, I handled it up and made the leather sheath.
The one pictured below is made by master blacksmith Mark Schramm for me, like I need another awl.
I also handled up 4 awls for him to sell, the handles are curly maple. I rough shaped them with a rasp then scraped them smooth. The hole is drilled with a small gimblet bit, drills great in end grain and makes the proper shaped hole. I then heated up one of the awls to cherry red and burned the tapered hole for a perfect fit.
They are finished with Moses T’s Gunstocker’s Finish. Mark will be selling them at an upcoming event over the Fourth of July Weekend.