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MWTCA February 2020 'What's It' Project (931)

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"What's It" Basic Rules Reminder


For a full run down on this project and rules please go to: "The Patriot Woodworker and MWTCA "What's It" project"

  • Only Patriot Woodworker Members are eligible to participate and receive the award.
  • The MWTCA only accepts a verified source to support your answer, so one should be submitted with your answer, such as a patent, catalog entry, tool book reference, or a respectable website on the subject. Do not let these requirements prevent you from having fun and submitting educated answers on the subject without verification, we can worry about references later. All answers are welcome, as well as healthy debates regarding "What's It".
  • If a verified and referenced answer is not arrived at by the end of each month's "What's It" project, a random draw will be performed for a "One Year MWTCA Club Membership".
  • Only Patriot Woodworker's who participate in this "What's It" topic will be included in the random draw.


Additional What's It Rules

  • Unless you are completely sure what this item is, please avoid "definitive statements" that appear that you are without a doubt claiming that you know what the item is. For example stating, "this item is called a "widget xx" used for "insert purpose here". If you are making a definitive statement you must accompany your statement with evidence or proof from a secondary source.
  • An example of acceptable statements within the realm of having fun and educated guesses would be something like this, "I believe it could be", or "It appears it's made for this or that", etc etc etc...


Ok ladies and gentlemen, we now have our "What's it" live and ready!

The image(s) below is a MWTCA "What's It" image for you to research, and tell us all here in this topic post, just what the heck is it!


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That was my original thought @HARO50. I grew up in San Diego, and during the summers the smaller boys who were son's of the Portuguese fishermen could be seen with their nets stretched out across entire parking lots around town where I went to school, they would mend the nets used on the boats, with shuttles that were similar in size as this perhaps may be.

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7 minutes ago, Gene Howe said:

Sure looks like John's picture. That was my first thought, too. But, I've only seen wooden ones.

You know, upon closer examination, I originally though the image supplied for this month was made of wood, but it's all metal!

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13 hours ago, John Morris said:

After realizing it's all steel, I am backing away from it being anything used for weaving or net repairs. At least not in the old fashioned hand loom sense, and for net repairs it'd be too heavy to handle all day long.

The one the person was using at Old World Wisconsin was all metal. It's hard to judge size from the photo, but the one they were using was only about 5-6" long.

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