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catspjamas
what is this tool?

I found this in an old tool drawer after my dad died. Does anyone know what it is?

Blue RidgeParkway
Re: what is this tool?

it looks like a trimming loop i use when i'm throwing pots. maybe he used it to trim away excess putty when he reglazed windows.

kentvw
Re: what is this tool?

It is called a p-e-n-c-i-l. A writing instrument used in past ages to write down letters and numbers on a piece of paper. It has an ERASER on the blunt end which at one time was used to ERASE (Make go away), mistakes in writing. (Eraser was rubbed against paper, eliminating marks made by p-e-n-c-i-l.)

sabo4545
Re: what is this tool?

LOL that's what I thought it was Ken but I wasn't quite sure so I didn't want to post until someone confirmed my thoughts.

Mike

kentvw
Re: what is this tool?

The lead may be #2 BUT let us not go there................

Blue RidgeParkway
Re: what is this tool?
kentvw wrote:

It is called a p-e-n-c-i-l. A writing instrument used in past ages to write down letters and numbers on a piece of paper. It has an ERASER on the blunt end which at one time was used to ERASE (Make go away), mistakes in writing. (Eraser was rubbed against paper, eliminating marks made by p-e-n-c-i-l.)

i believe the tool in question is pictured below the p-e-n-c-i-l, and that the pencil was in the photo to serve as a guage for the wooden handled wire loop pictured below it.

catspjamas
Re: what is this tool?

Thanks for the info. I guess the pencil did throw you off so thanks for clearing it up for me Ken. It was used to show size since I was serious about trying to find out what the real tool is.

Blue RidgeParkway
Re: what is this tool?

catspjamas,

see the following link for pottery trimming loops:

http://www.baileypottery.com/potterytools/baileytools-trim.htm

although I use steel or stainless steel loops since aluminum loops (as linked) tend to negatively affect glazes and salt glazes.

as mentioned if your Dad wasn't a ceramics or potter perhaps he used the tool to trim away excess window putty when reglazing windows or similar work. The angle of the handle to the loop sugests the window glazing work use. Did you have steel windows?

kentvw
Re: what is this tool?

Naw, just having fun................ Blue may be spot on.

A. Spruce
Re: what is this tool?
catspjamas wrote:

Thanks for the info. I guess the pencil did throw you off so thanks for clearing it up for me Ken. It was used to show size since I was serious about trying to find out what the real tool is.

He was, of course, kidding.

The loop is probably as BRP suggests, a trimming loop for clay modeling/throwing. Given it's size, it's not sturdy enough for much else.

catspjamas
Re: what is this tool?

Thanks Blue Ridge that looks like what it is. I really appreciate your help and kindness. My mom did do some ceramic pottery. I have wondered about it for a while. I stumbled on this site in my search. I have found more tools but don't want to open myself up to more insults so... Maybe I can find another site where folks are nicer.

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