A Genuine Plumb carpenter's hatchet and shipping crate ready for the new owner.
The carpenter's hatchet continues to be my favorite all season sort of a tool
(from camping, to setting up extreme croquet sessions to a fine woodworking bench companion)
this Genuine Plumb is an excellent example of a striker that will serve the new owner amazingly.
I personally feel that such a GREAT tool needs to be delivered with some thoughtful packaging. My answer to that has been by means of a humble shipping crate.
My solution to the crate is meant to be simple and sort of 1800's rustic. The Great Plains has always been such an import region that the wood crate does have a strong historical presence. My tool crate itself does have a few functions: to offer maximum protection in shipping, hinges on the side allow the crate to be opened like a book or closed for that matter, and hooks on the back allow for hanging on a wall (to display the tool or to just give a open space for the tool to dry after using in the wet, and allows me to use up some shop scraps in its construction.
The construction process:
With just a bit of resawing & rough sanding the pieces are ready for assembly. So to enhance the strength of the crate I both glue and nail the crate. The only other hardware are 2-3 hinges (smaller striker vs axe crate), two hooks in the back for hanging and two side latches (one leather on a pin and one wood with a screw fastener). This crate is both full of character and will be perfect for surviving the courier.