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Query – sewing tool??

eddiefromAustralia | Posted in General Discussion on

Hi folks,

I normally hang out in the Knots forum and another woodworking forum, but nobody seems to know what this is (not even a large manufacturer of woodworking and gardening tools):

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Looks like it could be something to do with sewing or cooking  – thread splitter when winding wool onto a spool or something else entirely??


Anybody know what this is – it has us all stumped?



Edited 2/27/2004 5:47:16 AM ET by eddie (aust)


  1. SEWSERIOU1 | | #1

    Well, when their server is back up, maybe we can take a look at it.  Looks like woodcentral is down for maintenance.

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      eddiefromAustralia | | #6

      Looks as though that server's still acting up.

      I've attached a picture of the beastie.



  2. rjf | | #2

    How big is it?  It almost looks like a cutter of some kind or maybe a strip marker?    rjf

  3. SisterT | | #3


    I love puzzles like this!

    One of the Sisters in our community was a metalsmith and woodcarver.  She died a few years ago, but we have kept her books.  It sure looks like something she would have had among her things in the studio.  Dimensions would be nice, especially of the metal part of the tool.

    Sr. Tracey

  4. SewTruTerry | | #4

    I am just guessing right now but it looks like it is a tool that is used to put screening into windows.  As I understand it you lay your screening over the frame that has a groove in it and lay down a cord that then needs to be pushed into the groove to make the screen tight then trim off the excess screening.  Or it could be used in a similiar fashion the produce the screens for silk screen printing.

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      eddiefromAustralia | | #5

      Hi all,

      Re size, I'm guessing that the handle is approx 1" round, but that's a guess.

      I've shot an email off to the person asking questions ("the" president of that large toolmaking factory, who has spent all his life surrounded by tools and still has never seen one of these) letting him know that I've posted this.  He has no commercial interest in this, by the way.

      I hope that he'll respond directly here (hint, hint, Rob!)



      1. RobLee | | #7

        Hi Eddie -

        Still have no clue what it is - no do we have exact measurements. My guess is that the head's 2 - 2 1/2" wide. 1" wide on the handle is about right. The handle is short enough that it appears to be for one-handed use.

        Looks like it should rock back and forth (for sealing something?? some sort of edger/crimper??) if it's a cooking tool...

        Could just as easily be used for "dragging" (like the seeding guess)...

        'Fraid I can't help beyond that...

        Cheers -


  5. SisterT | | #8

    What is going on?

    1) The tool looks brand new--most of those things are made from metal that dulls quickly once they are brought home.

    2) In response to a question regarding dimensions, you responded with the diameter of the handle, which is not unlike someone asking how much yardage a pattern requires and being told that she/he will need a spool of thread.

    3) I do not find any thread of this inquiry on the Knots page--if this is a serious query, please refer us to the pertinent thread there so that we can see some of the discussion.

    Sr. Tracey

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      eddiefromAustralia | | #9

      Sister Tracey,

      Thanks for your query.

      I'd expect that you'd be able to scale if I gave you a dimension of a part - others have.  My apologies if I maldiagnosed your abilities.  It's second nature in my trades (cabinetmaking./engineering) so I apologise as I assumed it was prior knowledge.

      Serious enquiry - yes.

      As requested:  http://www.woodcentral.com/cgi-bin/handtools.pl?frames;read=28695

      Hope that there's no restriction on cross-forum posting, which is why I didn't post the link first up.

      Any assistance you could provide would be much appreciated, and no, it isn't mine!

      Best regards (and remaining confused at the need for a hostile tone),


      1. SisterT | | #10


        I think someone identified your tool:


        1. rjf | | #11

          Hooray for our side??!!   rjf

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