Technically speaking, pliers are a hand tool used to hold objects firmly, possibly developed from tongs used to handle hot metal in Bronze Age Europe. Early metal working processes from several millennia BCE would have required plier-like devices to handle hot materials in the process of smithing or casting. Development from wooden to bronze pliers would have probably happened sometime prior to 3000 BCE. Continue reading to see how master carver Ernest “Mooney” Warther creates a pair of pliers from a single block of wood.
Ernest “Mooney” Warther did not just give himself the title of “master carver”, but rightfully earned it, as you’ll see in the video above. He shows how to turn a small block of wood into a pair of fully-functional pliers with just 10 cuts. No wires, glue, or additional machinery needed, just 10 little incisions into a single block of wood.