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Forum topic by b2rtch posted 01-19-2014 06:41 PM 1226 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-19-2014 06:41 PM

When I moved in the house that my wife and her mother owned, there was this wheel barrow, the steel part was in good shape but the wooden parts were gone.
So I decided to replace the wooden parts.
I used oak from pallets to make the new parts.

As I already wrote in a previous post, when I cam from France 30 years ago I took with me number of things.
To this day I still do not know why I took what I took.

One of the things that I took is a draw knife.
( While using this draw knife I was thinking about horizontalmike who has similar knife)
I took this draw knife from my grandma house when I was there on vacation.
My grandma died well over 35 years ago.
This morning I told the story to my father ,who is over 90 years old.
He told me that this tool was in fact the tool of a ground keeper that my grandma had and who died before WWII.
According to my father, this man was making beautiful chairs and arm-chairs,( I saw some of his work) with the only two tools he ever owned, this draw knife and a home made bow wood-lath.
He was using fruit tree wood from the property to make the chairs.

I do not know how old this draw knife is but according to my father the last time it was used was in the late 1920’s.
The only mark on the draw knife is ” acier corroye” equivalent to drop forged.

Doing this work on the wheel barrow , I taught my self to use a spoke shave that I bought years ago at Harbor Freight, this was the first time that I used it . This is a very sweet tool to use.

-- Bert

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#1 posted 01-19-2014 06:46 PM

Great Story, Bert. I love history….........and in particular, the history of specific items.

Check out my comment on KnickKnacks current thread.

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#2 posted 01-19-2014 08:14 PM


-- Bert

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