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I think whittling with a knife would be an option.  It might be easier to flatten the backs before you cut the forks off the parent branch (maybe)...   Or before you debark them so they're less slippery.  Also, splitting the main part of the forked branch in half down its center might be a way to get there quicker.  Use a knife and pound it into the stick with a rock to start splitting it.
 
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Here's my coat hooks, carved from apple wood. Used a hand saw, a sideaxe, and a carving knife.
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The columnar apple tree pruning; the crotchwood; splitting with a wedge
The columnar apple tree pruning; the crotchwood; splitting with a wedge
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Carving down & finished hooks
Carving down & finished hooks
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I made two coat hooks!

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Crotches of maple that I just felled (and need to submit as another BB)
Crotches of maple that I just felled (and need to submit as another BB)
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Halfway done. Saw, hatchet, carving knife.
Halfway done. Saw, hatchet, mallet, and carving knife.
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Done.
Done.
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Done; showing their offset.
Done; showing their offset.
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Requirements for this BB:

 - Flat mounting surface
 - Round off sharp edges
 - Hand tools only

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 - Progress about half way through, with the hand tools you have decided to use for this
 - Final product



1) Go to the woods and find some suitable green wood branches. I found a branch of large tulip tree branch that had come down in last months storm and cut two pieces with a small bow saw.



2) Split the branch with hand axe and mallet to create a flat back and then cut to shape with bow saw



3) Remove the bark and smooth of the ends with whittling knife



4) Drill countersunk holes for attaching to the wall



5) Hooks finished and ready for installing when the wood has dried



6) The tools I used

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We just had massive snow storm here in Colorado, so there is downed green wood everywhere. I started with a large limb that fell out of my tree. Used my knife to strip the bar, my clippers to trim to proper size, and I hand sanded off the sharp edges and to flatten the back for easier mounting.
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The limb I started with
The limb I started with
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Trimming off bark
Trimming off bark
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More trimming
More trimming
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Action shot
Action shot
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Using clippers to cut to size
Using clippers to cut to size
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Went back and cut this one again to shorten it
Went back and cut this one again to shorten it
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Sanding down everything
Sanding down everything
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Finished
Finished
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Hi! Made it this week, additional hook hand carved from some Alnus viridis subsp. crispa on the property, sun dried 2days and already useful. Hope you like them!
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Branch cut off
Branch cut off
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Crotch ready to peel
Crotch ready to peel
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Work in progress
Work in progress
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Trying to show the flat back
Trying to show the flat back
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Sun dried and ready to use!
Sun dried and ready to use!
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This is my BB submission for 2 coat hooks from a small branch crotch.

I used a chunk of serviceberry that was becoming shaded out by some young pine trees.  The wood is quite hard and nice to work with.  For tools I went with a multitool with a pretty good blade and an ok saw on it, as well as a hatchet for the initial chops.

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Chunks cut off the bush
Chunks cut off the bush
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Multi tool and hatchet
Multi tool and hatchet
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Bark peeled and flats added to the backs
Bark peeled and flats added to the backs
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Screwed in place
Screwed in place
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Loaded up with towels, rags, and apples
Loaded up with towels, rags, and apples
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I have plenty of branches to make coat hooks. I am rather pleased with how they turned out.
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Again, rose of sharon wood was on hand.
Again, rose of sharon wood was on hand.
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Peeled and roughed out the shape
Peeled and roughed out the shape
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All sanded
All sanded
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:)
:)
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My wife is very happy about these lovely coat hooks I handcrafted for this BB.  They will be used for jackets during our short winter
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