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What is this tool? Forging tool or woodworkers?

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I second the lumber marker ID, especially if the handle is long enough to be swung between the feet while standing up. Back in the day, they would cut the logs and slide them to the river to float down to the mills. Each mill had contractors paid by the piece. Just like free range cattle, rustling another outfits marked property would lead to drama.


Check out Eric Sloan's "Museum of Early American Tools" for an illustration. Pretty good book for anyone trying to ID old tools.

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In the past I have seen mold setters at the foundry using similar tools to pound the sand fill. The cavities would allow deep penetration if too much cope or drag fill was added. But most times they used a single handed sinker.  I would think that item to be used in the making of bells where there would be very deep fills.




carry on

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