Saturday, January 02, 2016
2 early antique spoke shaves/scrapers, 1 boning knife 1 boo boo- $12
A few weeks ago, I bought a big collection of antique hand tools and country stuff, and I was looking forward to photographing and listing a few of the smaller tools today. “It’ll be relaxing and fun,” I thought to myself.
For the first lot I chose two early spoke shaves and a well-worn, and early boning knife. The wood has mellowed with a rich, colorful patina, and a three pieces are in nice shape. However, the real reason I pulled out this particular three is because they are about the same length, making packing easier.
Many times tool buyers inquire as to the sharpness of the blade if a particular tool has a blade, so I thought I’d check – so they wouldn’t have to ask. I picked up the first spoke shave and without giving it a split second’s thought, I ran my thumb down the side of the blade to check. Guess what! It was sharp, very sharp.
I’m sure you’ve heard the ignorant old saying that “nothing hurts like a paper cut.” Well, friends, I’m here to tell you that is a bunch of horse pucky. The blade cut deep and long, but that isn’t the worst part. When most normal people cut themselves bad enough to require stitches, they go to a clinic and have some medicine man do it. However, we’re duct tape people – not “go get stitches” people. Wouldn’t you know it – I’m out of duct tape so I’m making do until the hardware store opens and then I’ll treat the wound properly.
Seriously, don’t worry about me. As soon as the hardware store opens, I’ll go buy duct tape, then make a paste out of turpentine, hogweed and rabbit droppings – cover it with a piece of rag and duct tape it in place. In a few days I’ll probably be fine unless it gets infected and I lose my thumb. Don’t worry, it was only partly your fault.
FONTENAY-LE-COMPTE- french town. antique looking. site of old roman town. captured by britain 1861. during the wars of huegenots, besieged 10 times. louis XIII in 1621 ordered fortifications demolished + 1649 during rebellion fell to the nobles of poitou during the revolution called forte nay-le-peuple. 1876 pop was 7309.
weird how creative people can have little shops in the middle of nowhere in denmark & can make a living. pre internets. i got a t shirt as well.