Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Antique Tool Donation

Tinker Farm Museum recently acquired some nice old mason and blacksmithing tools as seen in the picture above. After doing a little web surfing this is what I came up with, that and consulting with John Aldridge who married into the Tinker Family and farmed the land for many years.

John Aldridge at the barn dedication earlier this year.

Bowl Hewing Adze
;a tool, like an ax, used for chipping or slicing
away the surface of wood.

Blacksmith Tongs
tongs are used to hold the hot metal.
They come in a range of shapes and sizes.

;The handset or pitching tool is used for knocking large chunks of stone off the edge of a square block. It can be very effective in removing a lot of stone quickly.

Sharpening Strips
;Barbers used these leather strips to sharpen their blades.

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