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    Posted 5 years ago

    papaweebs
    (1 item)

    Found this at a yard sale, the chisel is 4" wide, handle is 23" long. It's forged steel. Handle will slip over chisel square section, to allow for leverage. Tool is stamped with Woodall & Co.

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    1. PoliticalPinbacks PoliticalPinbacks, 5 years ago
      Welcome to CW papaweebs I know what that is - That is cool okay not much help (yet but I'm looking) What area did you find it in? US UK ...
      There was dozens of different Woodall Co. so far I found a ship Builder Woodall & Co. that could be

      In 1867, William E. Woodall joined with John D. Fardy, the owner of Fardy Bros., to form Fardy & Woodall, which became William E. Woodall & Co. in 1873: it closed in 1929
    2. PoliticalPinbacks PoliticalPinbacks, 5 years ago
      Looks like to would be used to split wood? hammer it in and pry it with the lever
    3. papaweebs, 5 years ago
      I found this in Chesterfield South Carolina. They had two of them, the other was a few inches longer and a wider chisel, but it was in rough shape.
    4. PoliticalPinbacks PoliticalPinbacks, 5 years ago
      I think Thomas (brunswick) is onto something there with the railroad
    5. Ric, 5 years ago
      It is a hawsing iron used by caulkers when they caulked seams between planks with twisted cotton. This made ships decks and hulls water tight and kept them floating. It was held by one man who moved it along the seam as another man struck it with a mallet called a beetle. Look up hawsing iron on YouTube and you'll find a clip. The loose iron within the handle allowed the user to rotate the iron to his advantage and the curved handle kept his hands clear of the surface being worked on. Someone mistakenly sharpened it to use it for something other than its original purpose.
    6. PoliticalPinbacks PoliticalPinbacks, 5 years ago
      Nice solve there ric WELL DONE and said, Might have been from the top post >Woodall & Co. 1873 - 1929
    7. slackjack, 5 years ago
      Thanks Ric. I thought a ship rights tool, but the blade threw me.
    8. papaweebs, 5 years ago
      Thanks Ric, nice work, it's nice to know it's true name and use. Thanks one an all, You have a great site, sure to be back again with more mystery items.
    9. billretirecoll billretirecoll, 5 years ago
      Yes another one solved, by Ric, and the members of CW! Good job, love this site! :^)
    10. billretirecoll billretirecoll, 5 years ago
      papaweebs, maybe you could change your title to reflect, this tools name.
      Thanks for the post! :^)
    11. slackjack, 5 years ago
      Same purpose, but the better term for this tool is hawsing iron. Google image shows many examples

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