Old tools contest. (c) by Bartowian

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Ainars M -2 on September 4, 2007

This photo are part from very interesting photography captured by Bartowian! :) See this photo original.

As soon I seen this photo I was surprised by this wonderfull collection of old forgotten tools! Thank You Bartowian for this chance to historic lesson!

Can You and Your visitors describe tools and give descriptions or tools names or usages purposes? (this are why I placed numbers next to each tool on Bartowian photo.)

About me - I believe know most of them, but do not know only few.

What are for tool Nr 2?

Have no ideas about Nr 17. And can only guess about tool Nr. 6 usages.

For others this tools I can give more or less detailed descriptions. :D

How about You? Can You?

ainars (Hope I not pirated copyright rules from this photo owner?) :-D

Marilyn Whiteley on September 4, 2007

Do I get points for actually having used a drawknife (#10) for shaving wood shingles?


Ainars M -2 on September 5, 2007

Hello Marilyn! Nice to read from You!

How are You in Australia? Is the weather in streets acceptable for walking around and taking new photos? ;)

About tools - yes, right, Nr 10 was used for shaving wood shingles. :) Did You used in Your life? Really? I believed this is only man tool and definitely are not for women's use? :D I admired of You!

Cheers ainars.

p.s. I used all this tools (except I noted) when was young boy and lived at my grandfather house. (at least I tried to use it). :)

©Würmer on September 5, 2007

Ainars no worries, mate, about copyright. I know you'll share the millions with me... ;-)

6 is a hitch for a horse -- notice the double hitch in the next photo

I don't recognize #2 or #16 at the moment. My consultants are taking another drive for a family birthday lunch visit and won't be back until later tonight... of course, I could simply call the store owner and ask... did you notice I tried to name the items in his display window?

Ainars M -2 on September 5, 2007

Thank You Bartowian! :D

This Your photo are great and helped me recall much from my early years. I test myself, can I recall tools names or try remeber how I used those tools and etc. :)

I showed yesterday pict to my teenager daughters who newer worked at country farms. Them recognized only few of them. :( This means, next generation will come after 10 years will never ever know about this tools!

Thanks for Nr.6. As soon You mention this usage I recalled than I seen similar one.

Nr 16? - it looks for me in pict as wooden hammer? Isn't? Can be used together with 7,8,9 for house building wooden works or used on whitesmith metalworks.

But what is with nr 17? Is this something for horses?

©Würmer on September 5, 2007

ah, you didn't ask for #16 (which looks like a tool useful as a hammer -- except the handle seems too fragile). #17 might be a protective cover for the horse's neck ring which links to the hitch... see at the top left around the horse's head

©Würmer on September 5, 2007

1 "consultant" does not know what that is, neither do I. It's not a "Dreschflegel" (as the one in the store window clearly shows); please do tell what you make it out as.

2 ist ein WetzKumpf für den Wetzstein" which consultant knows as "WetzKirze" (in the village dialect of his childhood village in Schlesien), i.e. to store a "Waterstone" or sharpening stone which you see the farmer tie to his belt here when cutting hay. it contains water and the whetstone)

3 a sickle (in German called a "Sichel" or "Handsichel")

4 a scythe (which is a "Sense" in German)

5 a pitchfork (in German called a "Heugabel" <---here much better explained)

6 a "Schildscheit", part of a "Zugtiergeschirr" i.e. a part of a _"Horse Harness" to hitch the horse(s) to a carriage, cart or plough.

7-9 are stone working tools (not used for wood, says consultant), so we don't know how to call them...

10 is a "Schneideisen" (not used for cutting or smoothing shingles, I'm told. ...except if one doesn't have a plane "(Hobel in German)" handy?!? <---was my questioning reply, to defend Marilyn... ;-)

11-13 are different saws (for different cutting purposes)

14 is a "Haue" - a hacking tool

15 is also a "Haue"

16 is a Wooden Mallet a "gentle hammering tool" called a "Klüpfel" in German (not for pounding hard on things, obviously). I knew only of the round models.

17 "consultant" didn't have a clue what to make of that (he didn't get a close enough look at that wall on Sunday); he discarded my idea that it might be a cover for the yoke (Kumt) and speculate d that it might be a fodder sack to hang on the animal's head.

Ainars, you should like the Museum Geiser Schmiede and the Sensenmuseum

Ainars M -2 on September 5, 2007

Nr1 I thought, was used by flax sheaf-binders?

I have not good pictures on hand where to show You how this dried flax sheafs are handled later with this tools, but I will look forwards tomorrow.

Great links from You, I will explore tomorrow too. Tnx for all this info! Cheers - ainars. :)

©Würmer on September 5, 2007

a tool for binding flax... that could be, Ainars -- I'll try to make an attempt to find some references for it somewhere...

I just came across this---> Annual Flachsmarkt, a large annual show of historic trades in Germany, taking place in Krefeld-Linn at the castle Linn... they even have their own website_ !!! :)

©Würmer on September 5, 2007

I wiki'ed across another interesting place: Deutsches Werkzeugmuseum der Stadt Remscheid. They do have their own (multi-lingual) website even: Werkzeugmuseum Remscheid

Marilyn Whiteley on September 5, 2007

About #10, which I called a drawknife. When our two sons were young and we were visiting my parents in Wisconsin (the place we have now), my father and husband decided to build a little cabin for the boys--with real cedar shingles. We got pieces of cedar logs cut the right length (I forget what they're called), and used a mallet and a froe (I don't see one of them in the photo) to cut the shingles, then used the drawknife to make them a bit wedge-shaped for smoother fit on the roof. My father built a shaving horse (schintzelbanke--pardon my incorrect spelling) to hold the shingle firmly as it was shaped. (No, the technique wasn't a family memory; my father taught wood shop in high school, so he was "handy," and he was also interested in learning old techniques.)

©Würmer on September 5, 2007

yes, Marilyn, that's just how I imagined it: 'being handy' means using whatever tool is at hand to achieve a goal or purpose. 'Hackers' is what we called those "good guys" 30+ years ago, the guys that got the job done "somehow" -- wizards that did magic. We objected to The Fools (tm) abusing the term, but... well, we got at least some to use the terms "crackers" and "computer criminals," but one doesn't dare use the honorific term 'hacker' anymore, for fear of it getting misunderstood.

Ainars, got another interesting website link: Antique Farmtools

+sigh+ RIP Luciano Pavarotti (dead at 71) +sigh+

...watch/hear his duo with James Brown, godfather of soal

...if you've never heard his CD collaboration with Sting, you probably can't find it anywhere. I liked it, but it was a flop, apparently. I bought a dozen for $1 each at clearance, gave them away to friends... until I was left with none myself +...sigh...+ :-(

Ainars M -2 on September 17, 2007

Hello friends, I am back to read, what i have missed in my comments pages for last two weeks! :)

Yeah, I see many "deep waters are gone!" :D For example, missed great link for antique tools colection! :)

Also, two popular names will be used from now onwards in connection with sad words "has-been" :( Last week Your mentioned Maestro Pavarotti, and now this weekend Colin McRae +sigh+

No, I have not flop vinils You mention, but I have CD

©Würmer on September 17, 2007

welcome back, Ainars. Your friends will be looking forward to your (picture) stories.

©Würmer on February 24, 2008

Ainars, I've been meaning to call your attention sooner to "18 reasons to think of Ainars" -- photos I took the 10 days ago. Enjoy!

Ainars M -2 on February 29, 2008

Hello, @B! Thank You for great link! Unfortunately I was quite stressed all past weeks (still am) and was busy only with my own photos. :((

I will browse Your new uploads and specially those with mentioned bookmarks, in very next days. Cheers, Ainars.

Tina Fleig on September 26, 2008

This is fantastic.... Very nice----

Ainars M -2 on September 26, 2008

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  • Uploaded on September 4, 2007
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