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    Posted 2 years ago

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    A bit of KY. Know this "local colour" who has an amazing collection of tools etc. in his shop. He is a saddle maker, but hard to tell by the assorted other things he has. I know what the 1st one is but the 2nd has us both stumped. Oh no, I'm picking up a KY accent !! Get me out of here ! I knew I was slipping when I started understanding them.
    The filed grooves on both sides is a mystery to us. He made the handle for it but it doesn't resemble anything we have seen in axes. I know the 1st one, so let's see how our experts do .
    Hint: Not native American.

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    1. UncleRon UncleRon, 2 years ago
      I'm pretty sure this is a stone-mason's hammer. The filed grooves would give it a "saw-tooth" effect, like a lot of parallel chisels, for smoothing a surface. It's been abused some, and that handle makes it un-useable. :-)
    2. blunderbuss2 blunderbuss2, 2 years ago
      If its for stone, it will be hardened & I will check that.
    3. PhilDMorris PhilDMorris, 2 years ago
      Looks like bb2 could use it for pounding his meat, and bb2 made me say it !!!!
    4. blunderbuss2 blunderbuss2, 2 years ago
      Hey Phil, I steered around it on that poste ! LOL ! Glad, at least one person caught it. When it gets cold up your way, you'll need a much smaller mallet. LOL !
    5. Caperkid, 2 years ago
      The first picture reminds me of a maple syrup tree hole maker, it looks also like it could be used to lift with .
    6. Caperkid, 2 years ago
      Trey is a mason he might know about #2
    7. blunderbuss2 blunderbuss2, 2 years ago
      No cigar, Caper.
    8. blunderbuss2 blunderbuss2, 2 years ago
      Trey, get out of that FL sun & look at this "thang".
    9. hotairfan hotairfan, 2 years ago
      I saw similar hammers like this, and coincidently, you said the previous owner worked with leather. The one that I saw was to beat leather for making horse collars into the proper shape.
      I think that MacDaddyRico could have called it.
    10. kyratango kyratango, 2 years ago
      First one a wheelwright's reamer? anyway to drill a big hole ;-))
    11. akrodog akrodog, 2 years ago

      Well, I'm pretty stumped on the hammer/axe looking "thang" but doesn't seem like a stone working tool to me. Since you mentioned bourbon I think the first tool is for making bung holes in bourbon barrels, is it not?
    12. fhrjr2 fhrjr2, 2 years ago
      Bung hole auger and reamer.
    13. akrodog akrodog, 2 years ago
      Oh yea, really like that new "profile" photo!!!
    14. blunderbuss2 blunderbuss2, 2 years ago
      DING ! Acrodog has it, although I rather liked Thomas' ear war remover idea. Clem says it is 130 yrs old, although I didn't note any dates. Yeah Nick, I thought a pix of what many CW followers mentally picture me as, was appropriate.
      More from Clem to follow.
    15. blunderbuss2 blunderbuss2, 2 years ago
      Hotair, Google did have a site for "hammers used for making horse collars". To use an Island expression, "The more I looked, the more I didn't see it".
    16. UncleRon UncleRon, 2 years ago
      If you Google "Images for Antique Stone Hammer" you will find several hammers of this shape and other variations with the "serrated" edge/face.
    17. blunderbuss2 blunderbuss2, 2 years ago
      UncleRon, I went thru all of the pix & only saw 1 or 2 that came close. I posted a stone hammer that had teeth on the face & it was correctly ID'd. I feel that we are beating around the bush without seeing the bush. I feel that Phil will come up with a sly innuendo about my last comment.
    18. Phonoboy Phonoboy, 2 years ago
      The first one is a reamer. If he was a Cooper the hammer could have been used to fit rings on barrels, and the reamer for the bunghole.
    19. blunderbuss2 blunderbuss2, 2 years ago
      Why the filed groves then ? Finally got Clem & he is going to check the hardness.
    20. Meowwl, 2 years ago
      First one is definitely a taper reamer...probably for bungholes in barrels, but possibly for setting furniture legs into the seats. The slot in the side is either one for clearing the shavings, or contained a loose extra blade to carve the sides of the hole into the taper. The axe is probably a cooper's axe, though it's been beat to hell. Those grooves weren't originally all the way to the edge. There was a sharpened edge that extended beyond the grooves, for splitting and carving down the staves for the barrels. The grooves were in a little ledge on the side that let the cooper bang the hoops on to the barrel.
    21. Meowwl, 2 years ago
      Oh, and the blunter side of the axe was likely for banging in rivets in the hoops.
    22. blunderbuss2 blunderbuss2, 2 years ago
      Sounds reasonable. It is bourbon distilling country.

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