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    a fid

    So LOML is learning basketry, and there are a few tools specific to the craft, one of them being a fid. It's similar to an awl, but has a slightly blunt tip, and tapers flat on the sides, while swelling slightly on the rounded sides, so that one can insert it between slats, and turn 90 degrees to open a small space.

    I started with some 3/16" steel rod, and shaped it with hammer, file and sandpaper. The handle is a pretty piece of curly maple rescued from our firewood pile. Brass ferrule from LV.

    Overall length is about 6.5".





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    Ah Ken.......you have so many hidden talents.....
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    Looks real good there Ken. glad ya saved it from the stove.

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    Pretty nice Ken
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    Custom made tools are the best! Looks great too.

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    Prison AKA...shank. That's a clean piece of work Ken. Nice to see what pops out of the firewood pile!
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    Well done Ken!
    Great looking piece of rescued Curly Maple.

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    And here I always thought a fid was a temper tantrum thrown by a brat with a cold.

    Looks great, Ken. You guys sure have some pretty firewood over on that side of the country.
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    Great job Ken!

    Your fid (and the description of how you made it) made me think of the little Staple Remover? I made for my wife a few years ago.

    Similar, yet very different. It's fun to make stuff, eh?

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    Cool project, Ken. Fire wood can be fun.

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