Years ago I bought a toolbox from someone and there were a couple of
these small hammers made out of wood. The head is maybe 1 - 1 1/2
inches across, a couple of inches long. On one of them the head is
made of what looks like a wood strip that's been wound, the other is
solid. Either of them weigh a few ounces.
What would these be used for?
No, these are small. A few ounces in weight.
Did you Google? If you do you will find that raw rawhide hammers do come in
small sizes, for example 2 oz. in weight 1" in diameter and 2 3/8" long.
While the most common known use is probably for striking tools to decorate
leather, the rawhide hammers can be used for any application large or small
in which you do not want to mar the surface.
From that link: "It is recommended for many jobs where the user wishes
to avoid scaring." So there's your answer - the rawhide hammer is a
less fearsome tool. I guess it's chosen by people who smash a thumb
all too frequently.
It predates that- I saw it on bathroom stall walls at college in the
early 70s. Sometimes (in the med school building) as 'I'd rather have a
free bottle in front of me, than a prefrontal lobotomy'. I was given the
impression by others that it was an old saying even then.
Hmm, not much help there. Along with Waits, it credits several others,
going back at least as far as Dorothy Parker. Likely a traditional
college graffiti, ever since the procedure was popular in early 1900s.
They are more commonly called a 'rawhide mallet'. Mallets are used to
pound on things that you don't want to use a steel hammer on, which
would mar whatever you were banging on. In the old days, they were used
to pound hub caps onto wheels. A lot less painful than using your bare hand.
> Years ago I bought a toolbox from someone and there were a couple of
Lots of things actually. They dont cause 'dents' and so are suitable to use
on a softer wood product to 'nudge it in place'. I have 2 even smaller ones
like you mention (just a few ounces) used when fixing a very antique
shadowbox of a kitchen scene.
I also have a larger one, a wood mallet. I use it to adjust doorframes. I
could use a longish block of wood (stayback) and a metal hammer, but I find
it faster and easier to just use the wood one that doesnt dent.
OK - I really hate to do this but.....
This is a case where proper use of the language could help us in answering
Is it a "wood hammer" ie a hammer made to poundon wood? Or.....
Is it a "wooden hammer" ie a hammer made of wood?
This could make a major differnce (or not).
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