The chisel is one of the earliest created tools. Man (or some form of man) has been using tools for the past 2.6 million years, which, when taken at face value, were stones that were chipped/broken to create sharp edges. These tools were categorized by Mary Leakey, a British paleoanthropologist. In Mrs. Leakey’s description of the tools and there uses she says that some of the sharp edges of the broken stone were used to remove bark from branches. This may not be the Webster’s definition of a chisel, but it sounds pretty good to me.
In all of it’s simplicity, the chisel is one of the most versatile tools that we use, and one of the most protected tools by our craftsmen/craftswomen. If you want to see a timber framer angry, walk to his/her work station, and try to take one of their chisels. Try it and let me know how that works out for you.
Here is Jennifer cleaning up a notch.
Day in and day out, we would not be able to do the work we do without the help of our trusty friend the chisel.
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