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  • Item Category: Ethnic, Folk & Native American Art
  • Source: eBay
  • Sold Date: Jul 13, 2009
  • Channel: Auction House

'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.

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