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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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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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