This rawhide hammer is a specialised tool for the purpose of splitting wooden shingles together with a splitting knife. The head of the hammer is made of water buffalo skin, which is rolled and compressed thrice. Then the hammer head has to rest for months. It is very tough and shock-absorbing. As the head is made of rawhide, it has a large diameter and is very effective while at the same time being lightweight. The handle is made of lacquered ash.