Fun Fact July 6, 2021.

Tool time Tuesday and today I’ll pick your brain.  Over the long weekend, in addition to getting out a bit and taking in some festivities, I started a little landscaping project at my house.  My family and I used various tools, including what I’ve always known as a pick.  You may call it a pickaxe, a pick mattock or simply a mattock.  No matter what you call it, it typically has a wooden handle made of ash or hickory.  The head is made of hardened steel with a large flat side, used for digging and chopping roots and a pointy side used for chipping and prying.  Tools like this have been used since prehistoric times, but back then they were made with various animal bones.  During medieval times they were used as weapons.  The British Army carry a pickaxe handle as part of their arsenal.