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Been working on some inside-out vases for a couple weeks. They're done. These are for my brothers and sisters. Next weekend is the family party and we will use these as the center pieces. I have been collecting some metal vases at the Restore and reused them as inserts to make them capable to hold water for real flowers. Most of them had to have their bottoms cut off to make them smaller than the bodies of and the tops. I fit each one individually to there respective turning. Some of them had a top that was smaller than the body. For them I made a bushing from plastic counter top material. There are six of these and I made six smaller ones for some friends. I had another one on the lathe and finished it today and still have a few more glued up but these will fill my Christmas list. Most of them are made from from some fir panel doors in a 100 year old house.
Saturday night I went to an auction, haven’t been in a while. Had no plans to buy anything just looking to get out of the house and shop for a bit. Upon arriving and and starting to look things over I see this display box with three boxwood rulers. I have a love of these old rulers and have a problem passing them up. Further examination revealed a ruler that I had never seen before. At first glance I thought it was a wooden zig zag ruler, but picking it up, I found it to be a sliding wood ruler. The sections slide out instead of folding. The other two I have seen and had one like the middle one. I didn’t have a No 771 which is the top one. Both of them are Lufkin rulers. So so now is where the bottom is interesting, it is stamped N.Y.C Appro and below that X-4. It is also marked outside and on the others side it is marked Inside. It is also stamped “made in USA”. I have googled most everything and haven’t found this particular ruler. I found a similar one made by Interpole and with a number 106. This is one has two patent dates on it, 12/13/1910 and 7/29/1913. So so far I have searched them all and haven’t found the maker. I believe it is a Lufkin but I’m not positive. Anyway it seems to be a nice find and the first boxwood sliding ruler I’ve seen. I just love this old stuff!
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