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    Question What Is This??

    I know nothing about it's age, and even less about it's purpose. Iím not even sure itís a woodworking tool.

    The wedge and ring are steel, and the split piece is some kind of wood.

    We're not even sure if it's assembled correctly.

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    Itís been suggested that it might be a ďfeather & wedge setĒ, used the cut/break stone. But the wood on this thing is as smooth as a baby's butt (top to bottom). I just can't believe it's ever been driven into a hole in a rock.

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    That's what it looks like to me... wiki-link ...might be that yours has never been used
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    I think Ken has nailed it. I use a similar tool when crafting a ring in my jewelry shop.
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    What would the ring be for? The "feathers" wouldn't spread with the ring on. Does it just hold things in place until you are ready to pound it into the hole in the stone?
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    it's a feather wedge for splitting rock
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    IMO, this this has never used on stone....it's just too smooth.

    I talked the people again this morning. They have another guy trying to find out what it is, too. His thoughts....maybe it was used in some sort of leather work. It's smooth, but not sanded smooth...more like worn smooth.

    Like driving leather, or something similar into a hole.

    What was used as "packing" in old wagon wheels?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bob Gibson View Post
    it's a feather wedge for splitting rock
    I used to have a rock wedge for splitting feather, but it was kinda overkill.
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    To hold a ring while working on it.. (jewelry tool)

    similar to what was shown in the original post.
    Remember the tea kettle - it is always up to its neck in hot water, yet it
    still sings!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Paul Gallian View Post
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    To hold a ring while working on it.. (jewelry tool)

    similar to what was shown in the original post.


    Hmmmm maybe you're right
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    Thanks for all of the feedback, Gentlemen.

    If this thing was 1/4 it's size, I might buy the "jeweler's tool" thing. But it's two feet long and 3/4" across at the smallest point.

    With all due respect, I'm still not convinced.

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