|Of course most of the nutcrackers you see look very complicated, but did you know that the very early wooden nutcrackers were made with two pieces of wood held together with leather lacing? Later they used a simple hinge on two pieces of wood. Of course there would have to be a simple dimple made in the wood to hold the nut in place to keep it from rolling away when pressure was applied. And you would want to decorate it to make it your own!!!|
|Then there are nutcrackers that simply drop a heavy object on the nut. A commercial one drops a steel ball that is contained in metal wires. A shop made one drops a piece of hardwood, guided by doweling.|
||Hammers can be made with wood or metal. A block of wood or a piece of round closet rod could be inserted with a dowel to make a hammer. With a horseshoe as a base, one person welded together pieces of metal to make a heavy duty hammer type nutcracker.|
||Figures can be cut out and glued together in layers. Here is a penguin with the center thick enough for a hinge, and thinner pieces of wood applied for the wings. Note the indentation to hold the nut steady while cracking. This type could be made with other bird with long beaks, an elephant, or a man with long nose.|
|So why don’t you think of a good way to make a nutcracker and enter it in our contest ending on Nutcracker Day, July 1, 2017? We will have one prize for elementary grades, one for grades 7, 8, 9 and one for grades 10, 11, 12 counting the school year just ending in June, 2017. Remember it has to be your design and work, and it must be able to crack a hazelnut. Keep watching as we will have more information coming later.|
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"To foster and encourage the interest of the general public of the importance of nuts in the diets of humans throughout history and in the evolution of the nutcracker. No other tool or collectible has shown such a wide diversity of material and design as the implements used to crack the hard shell of a nut".