's an unusual wood-working hand tool you don't see every day. This exceptional old maul is made from a heavy walnut ( or perhaps rock maple ) burl that has the most beautiful graining of any piece of wood I've ever seen. The patina of this tool is incredibly rich & has been enhanced by a more recent protective layer of varnish at some point in its history.This maul could possibly been used for creating sculpture, but I believe it was more likely used with a froe making hand-hewn logs for building, as t are many long straight "dent" marks in the planes of the maul block. All side planes of the burl block are distinctive in grain patterns, colors, textures and naturally occurring "pits". On only one side, t is a wedge driven in & "countersunk" to hold the block tightly to the handle inside. It's a large tool measuring 16" in length inclusive of the handle. The heavy rectangular burl block is 6" in length & approximately 4 1/2" - 5 1/2" wide. The handle is 10" long & 1 1/2" in diameter at the hand-end. This hand-tool weighs between 5-6 lbs. This hand tool is a rare primitive piece & a one-of-a-kind item. It will make a spectacular addition worthy of front & center to any fine primitive or old tool collection. I pack all of my items extremely well, so you may be assured that this item will reach you safely & intact. I've estimated the shipping cost, but that will definitely depend on the location it is shipped. I'm happy to combine shipping if items are compaticble to be shipped together. Insured shipping is offered & recommended, and will depend on the final closing price. I'm sorry, but I cannot be responsible for any loss or damage once I have shipped. Please allow time to receive a final invoice from me, before making payment. Thanks. Please feel free to bid with complete confidence as I have a 100% E-bay rating and do my part to preserve the environment by recycling packing materials. Thanks so much for your interest.