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07-21-2013 11:55 PM

Topic tags/keywords: carving tool

Does anyone know what this set of tools is used for? It looks like a trammel point on one side and a chisel on the other. Two sizes – the smaller one is about 2 38” from point to chisel and the other about 6”. Both are 2” high.

They came in a custom fitted wooden case.

Jim


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#1 posted 07-22-2013 12:02 AM

Edit: whoops. Maybe not. One end has a round point, and the bigger one is 6” long?

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#2 posted 07-22-2013 12:17 AM

yes, these are very small tools.

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#3 posted 07-22-2013 01:49 AM

That is a Viking portable ice fishing kit called the ‘murtrhreppa’, circa 1070 a.d. and later (before the emergence of the Viking longships). The wood piece, flat for efficient storage on a boat, had a myriad of uses spanning an eating tray, clubbing fish and dicing fillets. The sharp prongs are hand-held fish catchers which were also used to scribe holes into thin ice. The small fish hook is fashioned for a Viking child, to augment their early survival training. Clearly, you have a father-and-son’s Viking ice fishing kit. Very nice acquisition.

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#4 posted 07-22-2013 02:00 AM

“Very nice acquisition.”

Indeed

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#5 posted 07-22-2013 12:19 PM

Well, since there have been no other guesses, I’ll repost my initial guess with a qualifier: These LOOK LIKE “spike dogs”, but they’re way too small, plus on an actual spike dog, the round point would be a wide point like the other one, but going across the long direction. They’re for holding one log in place atop another one while you work on it, like this. The long-ways point goes in the lower log, and the cross-ways point in the upper, so they’re both with the grain.

So even though yours are too small for timber work, they may still serve some workholding function. Carving?

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#6 posted 07-22-2013 02:27 PM

Where did you get those ? Could be they were custom made for who knows what. I’m with JJohnston that they were used to hold something.

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#7 posted 07-22-2013 02:35 PM

I found them at an antique show in Denver. The holding hypothesis makes sense. I’m still hoping someone can nail down the exact usage.

Thanks for the inputs.

Jim

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#8 posted 07-22-2013 03:03 PM

I’ll go against the crowd here and say no, they’re not mini-logging tools or for holding carvings. The ends just aren’t right.
My guess is patternmaking tools used in sandcasting. Someone had to make a lot of circles in a certain size so he made these tools. After the sand was tamped he could place the pointed end in the middle of the circle-to-be, and turning it clockwise he’d push the sand down to form a circle. That’s my guess.

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#9 posted 07-22-2013 03:20 PM

JJohn – so could they be “spike puppies”?

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#10 posted 07-22-2013 05:40 PM

Sheesh, and I thought I wasted a lot of lumber while resawing…

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#11 posted 07-22-2013 08:15 PM

coult it be some kind of template following turning tool, for making the final passes?

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#12 posted 07-22-2013 08:18 PM

Running with JJohnston idea, maybe they’re “Spike Dogs” for making tooth picks :-)

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#13 posted 07-22-2013 08:42 PM

I’d guess they are circle cutting tools for veneer or leather,in days gone buy they use to make leather shims for wheels.

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