What's your favorite tool?
What's your favorite tool that's not "a tool"?
I've been looking for a beautiful tree stump (or wide log section) for hammering and flattening and texturizing metal -- and my dear friend and fine furniture maker, Bill Hewitt, provided me with such a dream item. Unfortunately the stump (nicknamed "the Billy Stump") comes my way because a horrible winter storm took out a number of mature trees on Bill's Whately, Mass organic farm. (I also brought home the most delicious organic asparagus I've ever eaten!)
I toted the stump home and carefully chiseled off all of the bark to help the stump begin the drying process (and give all living creatures a chance to move out.) I am in love with this chunk of sugar maple and I can't wait to get hammering on it soon.
I found the hammer at an awesome shop called Freight House Antiques in Erving, Mass on the drive home. It's a short handled hammer with a really wide face and I got it for a song after digging through a pile of hammers in that amazing shop.
The stump is my favorite new "tool that's not a tool" - what's yours?