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Blog entry by YorkshireStewart posted 03-23-2010 08:13 PM 3067 reads 0 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here’s a couple of pictures of just a few from a box of tools that have just been donated to the museum where I do voluntary work. They’re mostly in cast brass. My thoughts were that they’re for decorative plaster work. Can anyone confirm? Any other ideas?
Tiles are 6” to give a guide as to sizes.

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sphere

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#1 posted 03-23-2010 08:19 PM

Maybe for sculpting wax or clay?

-- Spheramid Enterprises Architectural Wood Works

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#2 posted 03-23-2010 08:25 PM

definatly for plaster work cornicing and coving i would say looking at them and know how old the buildings are around yorkshire the victorians loved their detailed coving and cornices

thats my shout anyway

Andy

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quartrsawn

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#3 posted 03-23-2010 08:42 PM

Hello, I think they may be foundry tools used in the wet sand molding/casting process for cast iron parts. They were used to shape the sand in the negative form of the part being cast from the molten iron.

-- Nat - West Sayville,L.I., NY

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#4 posted 03-23-2010 09:07 PM

As a plaster contractor I would have to say they are indeed ornamental plaster tools. I have a set myself I picked up at a flea market.

-- Leslie, TX

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#5 posted 03-23-2010 09:12 PM

Oh nowdays some use them in sand art. All so you should have one longer amd flat at the end to connect the box and cove parts too.

-- Leslie, TX

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#6 posted 03-23-2010 09:17 PM

Interesting set of tools Stewart..

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware karson_morrison@bigfoot.com †

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#7 posted 03-23-2010 09:33 PM

Thanks folks.

Leslie I just picked up a handful quickly to bring home to photograph. There must be another twenty or so different shapes and sizes.

-- Res severa verum gaudium - True pleasure is a serious business. http://www.folksy.com/shops/TreeGems

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#8 posted 03-23-2010 09:39 PM

That is a great set. My set steel had some old red top plaster on them it was the best finded I ever had my dad ( a lather and plaster) said he had not seen any for 30 yrs and that was about 12 yrs back. I sure do miss him.

-- Leslie, TX

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#9 posted 03-23-2010 10:14 PM

my gess wuold bee plastre or clay ornament
but now a days it seams to me a lot of different trades/people
use them in all shapes and sizes

a complet set wuold deffently bee nice to have in the toolbox
if you like to do everything and try everything I have a copple of
them and it´s the most weird/odd times/places I have used them

Dennis

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#10 posted 03-24-2010 05:00 AM

Brass…hum. I have a few that are steel that showed up in a box of old tools. Why brass?

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#11 posted 03-24-2010 02:53 PM

My Guess!

They could possibly be foundry pattern makers tools. They use beeswax on the wooden pattern for rounding, & shaping corners, or fillets. They are heated first.

I took a pattern makers course in High school years ago.

I did a search, & I think I’m right.

Here’s some pictures,

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN. http://www.woodcarvingillustrated.com/gallery/member.php?uid=3627&protype=1

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#12 posted 03-25-2010 03:30 AM

Might be some early golf sticks Yorkie. LOL

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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#13 posted 03-26-2010 11:27 AM

It is possible that both foundry workers and plasterers used similar tools. I can see brass being useful because I think both casting sand and plaster are wet while being worked, so no rust. I have never seen tools like this before.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#14 posted 03-26-2010 10:19 PM

Thanks all.

Dick and Barb – There are certainly some similarities in your picture. Thanks for that link. The double ended spoon looks identical to ‘mine’.

....thirteen minutes later - here is another website that seems to confirm that they’re for use in making foundry moulds.

-- Res severa verum gaudium - True pleasure is a serious business. http://www.folksy.com/shops/TreeGems

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Dick, & Barb Cain

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#15 posted 03-26-2010 11:28 PM

You’re welcome Stewart,

Pattern making used woodworking a lot for making patterns

Who’d have thought that a class I took 62 years ago would come in handy for an answer on

Lumberjocks. <(;O}#

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN. http://www.woodcarvingillustrated.com/gallery/member.php?uid=3627&protype=1

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