Posted by: kathandroger | May 8, 2015

What is it?

I love old tools, especially hand tools. Nowadays, nearly all my playing in the workshop involves powered machines, but the ancient hand made instruments are still my favourites. We found lots of disused implements in various parts of the old farm when we arrived. Some have been made into lamp or coat stands, and others just hung as decoration on the old barn walls. It is usually obvious what the tools were used for, but I have found another recently whose use completely eludes me.IMG_3023It is very heavy, has a tapered end, and obviously had a handle at some stage-the one shown is my own. Because of the weight, I can’t see it being used above head height, and the tapering of the metal in the head part gives it some springiness. Any suggestions will be very welcome.

This other tool is also a bit unusual. It used to be some type of clamp, but has evolved into this strange worm eating reptile. I hope its’ mum and dad aren’t around!IMG_3020

We are really looking forward to the next couple of days. The farm was owned and worked for many years by the family Travouillon, who left in 1992. Their were six children, all with their own children and grandchildren now, and many of them have not been back to the farm since they left. The farmers’ wife is still alive and living locally, and one of her daughters has spent a couple of years organising a family reunion here. The only minor problem is that our normal limit on numbers is sixteen, and thirty are coming! We shall put some of them up in our own house, but I guess there will be lots of sleeping on floors. I am very keen to find out more about the use of the old buildings, and hearing stories about the old farm. We only hope the weather improves.


  1. I think you are set to be in luck with the weather. It should be fascinating listening to the family’s stories about the farm.

    My immediate thought on seeing your tool is that it is for dragging the ashes out from a bread oven.

    What a clever lady you are, Susan! In fact the family think the tool was used for dragging used charcoal from the steam powered harvester their father used. The water was heated by charcoal, which was locally available, rather than coal, and it was apparently widely admired. I wonder what happened to it?

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