View Full Version : Cauling Irons

06-23-2008, 08:33 PM
Noticed these on our local classifieds site. I've got no connection to the seller...



Bob Cleek
06-24-2008, 01:06 PM
They don't look like anything special. Ten bucks apiece is more like it. Unless, of course, they say "Drew" on 'em... but they don't look like Drews from the picture. Hang 'em from a string and hit them with a piece of metal... they should ring like a silver dollar. Mmmm? I expect to see a set of "Caulking irons windchimes" for sale in the WBStore soon! LOL

gary porter
06-24-2008, 01:29 PM
The Wooden Boat Foundation in Port Townsend is a good source for some pretty nice irons, made there. I think they were around $30 each.

06-25-2008, 12:12 AM
Don't look antique to me. I've got 3 that look better than that.

06-25-2008, 12:51 AM
They cost $20-30 new up the road in Nanaimo and they look very similar to that, but well ... new.

Bob Cleek
06-25-2008, 01:04 PM
I don't know this guy, but it looks like he's stumbled onto a "treasure trove" of unused Drew irons! Holy Moley! His prices are pretty reasonable at $50 each, too. (New forged irons will cost considerably more: http://www.tradboats.com/toolcaulking.html) Unfortunately, the "common" making irons look like they're sold out. Nonetheless, those bent and spike irons he shows are unobtainable anywhere I know, short of a custom blacksmithing shop. I find my spike iron irreplaceable in tight spaces, like narrow plank butts and if you've ever calked up against a vertical surface like a cabin side, or have a garboard seam that comes in hard against a keel, you can imagine what a treasure a bent iron can be.



See also: http://www.numismalink.com/drew.ency.34.59a.html

I'd have to admit that the average guy can pound cotton as well with a dull two inch butt chisel as he can with a Drew iron. (I'm one of those "average guys." However, for another twenty bucks, you could have a Drew and enjoy it as a paperweight when you aren't thumping seams. Pictures look the same, but there's really no comparison between the old time forged irons and the modern cast ones ones. The old timers "ring" and just "feel" different, and better, even though I doubt the cotton ever knows the difference. (Note: Drew also made lower-priced irons labeled "H. Reed" which are pretty much indistinguishable from "Drew" labeled ones. Sort of like "Craftsman" and "Dunlop" or "Sears Best," I guess.)