Hook tools for pole lathe
museum tools back to life
The summer 2015 I was at a marked with some friends, there were a guy selling tools, he had gotten his hands on a museum that was closing down and so he had some interesting things, I bought a few, just the once I needed…
What I did not mention last was that I also got the old Stanley that day, this one only got a worm treatment and then a serious restore.
Here they are again, the old museum tools.
Spoon auger, reamer and two old pole lathe turning tools hooks.
In part two I restore the hook tools that I will use with my pole lathe once it is finished (work in progress for two years now…).
Here a typical pole lathe, mine will be a different version, a add on to my shaving horse.
Here some old finds, it looks like the iron was short and the handle long, mine are with long irons and short handles. I will guess the iron was rare and expensive in the Viking age and that’s why the iron are short).
In front are the two irons from the museum, behind is a new forged hook iron I bought from England and made a modern handle for some time back, if I had known I got these, I would probably had made this one same style.
From now I will make my own after getting an anvil and a forge, this have become a new reality.
Open hook and closed hook, nice that the new one is different diameter, like this I have a fine set.
Had some beech wood from a trashed wine rack, always happy when I can recycle.
A fast rough out.
Then fitting the old ferule.
(Notice the old museum numbers).
A tight fit, so a hammer is needed.
Handles drilled and irons fitted.
I kind of go backwards now, since I wanted the original shape and this was not a turned surface.
So a little love with a spoke shave, here a Japanese one.
Once again a dye and oil.
Plenty of oil and a day of soaking.
First linseed oil, then Danish oil.
Since I was not all happy with the color, I gave the wood a quick tour in my forge and then re-oiled.
(This is a picture from next blog part).
Then finally some of my home made wax, I kind of love the smell.
I will blog about making wax another day.
A handful of handles. ;-)
Now I really like the color and aging.
My MaFe stamp are added to the handles.
Hooks are sharpened and wrapped in leather for protection.
Really fine to hold, so I look forward to get to use them.
And finally here they are, calling to get back in use.
A few links:
How to turn a bowl on pole a lathe:
Forging a hook tool:
Hope it could inspire others to bring back life to old tools.
-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.