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Hughman
03-16-2010, 11:28 AM
what's this thing? It has a 3/8" x 3" deep hole drilled into the end of the wood handle, as if for storage for another part.

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ssor
03-16-2010, 11:49 AM
Probably a gardening tool.

Canoeyawl
03-16-2010, 12:41 PM
It's a paint scraper....
Any old house in Maine comes with a couple.

edit to add, I think they may have started life as barnacle scrapers.

Breakaway
03-16-2010, 01:20 PM
Looks like a leprechaun hoe...just in time for St Pats!

Brian Palmer
03-16-2010, 01:24 PM
A device for cutting a neat lateral incision at a carefully pre-set angle in your own kneecap or thigh. The hole in the handle is intended to hold some thread and a needle to mend the same, just in case.

Brian

Torna
03-16-2010, 01:37 PM
I guess a barking spud, to chop/peel bark off logs.
Also valued by roofers for lifting/removing old shingles.

-leif

David W Pratt
03-16-2010, 01:59 PM
Gronicle scratcher?

floatingkiwi
03-16-2010, 02:45 PM
It's a paint scraper....
Any old house in Maine comes with a couple.

edit to add, I think they may have started life as barnacle scrapers.
Is that right Canoe?
Is that what it is or are ya guessing mate?

goodbasil
03-16-2010, 02:55 PM
It's a tool that Hugeman came across that isn't worth in excess of a thousand dollars.


(I think it's a shingle lifter upper.)

Hughman
03-16-2010, 03:06 PM
the head is solidly fixed at the angle, I would be awkward to chop, pull as a scraper, or slice something.

I originally thought it might be a kind of jack iron, for opening seams in a deck prior to removing caulking, but it doesn't seem heavy enough.

I hadn't thought of prying, as in shingles..

Canoeyawl
03-16-2010, 04:07 PM
There is a pair of those in our barn, the heads are adjustable. There is a wing nut exactly where yours has the snot hammered out it!

BBSebens
03-16-2010, 05:49 PM
key question: where did you find it?

I think its a scraper. Paint, barnacles, or otherwise... the blade likely used to be adjustable and replaceable at one point. Now its "custom".

Hughman
03-16-2010, 09:02 PM
There is a pair of those in our barn, the heads are adjustable. There is a wing nut exactly where yours has the snot hammered out it!

What went in the handle?

Canoeyawl
03-17-2010, 02:56 PM
Might not be an original handle?

Dunno...

SMARTINSEN
03-17-2010, 03:09 PM
What went in the handle?

An extension, perhaps, so he could reach up to the gutters to rake them out with his modified scraper.

Bob Triggs
03-18-2010, 02:20 PM
"Box Scraper"; used to scrape labels off of boxes for relabelling and shipping. Wooden boxes were the means for shipping just about everything, and they were reused until worthless.

stevedwyer
03-18-2010, 02:29 PM
Looks like a beat up old hoe, oh, wait a minute, this isn't the bilge.

The question is... what will you use it for?

S/V Laura Ellen
03-18-2010, 03:34 PM
Looks like a beat up old hoe, oh, wait a minute, this isn't the bilge.

The question is... what will you use it for?

Maybe a big, dirty, crack ho.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lx1WP-d2lcY&feature=related
The relevant part starts at 1:20

Syed
03-19-2010, 12:47 PM
Coconut cracker.

paladin
03-19-2010, 01:53 PM
Viking war axe.