Its just splitting thin softwood already cut to size, shaving ends of pine, trimming joints etc to make up frames to fit inside beehives - no hammer required. You don't want a sharp point as it can cut into wood you are just running a split along. Hard to explain really.
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I got a load of very nice indeedy long paring chisels a while ago (I suspect they were from a patternmakers tools as the place I bought them at does some house clearances) at my local secondhand shop. They are good for cleaning up housing joints and so on.
Anyway, for most joinery joints a decent chisel and hardpoint saw do the job for rough work.
I've seen the square box type beehives made from Western Red Ceder years ago (long before I worked as a carpenter admittedly) and the joints weren't hard to do, mostly just rebated ends and housing joints if I remember right.
Some were hives finger joints which would be a bit of a fiddle without woodworking machinery.