Anyone know what this is?

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Project by Tim Dahn posted 11-06-2008 02:20 AM 3349 views 0 times favorited 44 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I bought this at a garage sale probably 20 years ago but still don’t know what it is. I recently found it again while going through some boxes and thought, maybe one of my Lumberjock friends have seen one of these and can explain it. It measures 13 inches long.

-- Good judgement comes from experience and experience comes from poor judgement.

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#1 posted 11-06-2008 02:28 AM

Is it just a paint brush for shellac. Then just take it out and stick it in a can of shellac and it will soften up and be good as new.

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#2 posted 11-06-2008 02:30 AM

WOW….I’ve been looking for that thing ever since our garage sale 20 years ago. HA HA HA ............No idea but very interested.

-- ericandcandi in Louisiana- Home of the "LSU Tigers"

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#3 posted 11-06-2008 02:39 AM

Looks like a tool for shaping molten glass on the end of a blow stick.

Just a guess


-- Go

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Tim Dahn

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#4 posted 11-06-2008 02:44 AM

DaveR- I’ve been using it as a mallet for chisels.
Gofor- Not sure it it would stand up to the heat of molten glass.
Also, just in case it is not clear in the the pics, the wrap seems to be rawhide.

-- Good judgement comes from experience and experience comes from poor judgement.

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#5 posted 11-06-2008 02:46 AM

I think its a leather strop for honing…..

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#6 posted 11-06-2008 02:52 AM

That’s what you use when your kids get out of line!

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#7 posted 11-06-2008 02:56 AM

If it is tanned leather, then it could be a strop. If it is rawhide, I don’t know.

-- Always do the Right Thing the Right Way the First Time - if you can figure out what that is! Ken, Spring Branch, TX

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Tim Dahn

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#8 posted 11-06-2008 03:00 AM

mjlauro, kewald- it’s rawhide.
GaryK- better not, I think it would leave a mark!

-- Good judgement comes from experience and experience comes from poor judgement.

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#9 posted 11-06-2008 03:03 AM

I remember taking a much deserving whipping from dad with something resembling this tool.

LoL good luck… Artesano

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#10 posted 11-06-2008 03:10 AM

looks like some kind of tool used to adjust something that is easily dented. possibly for making windows ?

-- keeping myself entertained ... Humor and fun lubricate the brain

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#11 posted 11-06-2008 03:20 AM

This, my friends, is a rare Indian artifact.

It is from the extinct Yackwee Indian Tribe of the southwestern United States. The Yackwee used this as a kind of muddler for producing alcoholic beverage from cacti. They would knock off the spiny barbs and then beat the cacti into a pulp to extract the juice, which was then fermented into a drink used for tribal celebrations.

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#12 posted 11-06-2008 04:26 AM

Years ago I brought one of these from a Yackwee Indian, but here in Minnesota I use it to kill our large horseflies.

-- "Hold on to instruction, do not let it go; guard it well, for it is your life" Solomon

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#13 posted 11-06-2008 04:46 AM


i bet you’re really good at Balderdash.

-- "Repetition is a leading cause of carelessness, and carelessness usually leads to injury"

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#14 posted 11-06-2008 05:20 AM

I go with a forming paddle for molten glass.

Here has a Graphite one That might be a possible replacement. The end being burned means something was hot.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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#15 posted 11-06-2008 07:21 AM

Cricket stick for a leprechaun?

-- Rick

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