Wooden object, What was it used for?

Discussion in 'Tools' started by ValerieK, Jun 6, 2021.

  1. ValerieK

    ValerieK Well-Known Member

    Hi, I bought this at a car boot just to have the fun of researching it, but the only search term I could think of was "spindle", and that has turned up nothing of this tapered shape. I imagine it had something to do with threads or textiles because of the grooves, but I'm getting nowhere. It is about 10 inches long, beautifully smooth and tactile. It must have some age but there is no damage or any sign of splitting. Just knowing the wood it was made from would be a help. At the moment it's just my thingamajig for use in the craft of something-or-other, please help! Treen - 1 (1).jpg Treen - 1 (2).jpg Treen - 1.jpg
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  2. daveydempsey

    daveydempsey Moderator Moderator

    I think it is a yarn spool.
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  3. TallCakes

    TallCakes Well-Known Member

    or a pestle for a chinois
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  4. ValerieK

    ValerieK Well-Known Member

    Thanks, yes, maybe, I'll have a good search for that. The grooves are a bit fine for yarn but perhaps they would stop the yarn slipping off. Most spools I've seen have caps at both ends to hold the yarn, the tapering seems a bit odd for the purpose, though.
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  5. ValerieK

    ValerieK Well-Known Member

    Thanks, and I've learnt a new word for a kitchen gadget, a chinois! I think you could be right, I've found one sold on Etsy which looks very similar, also about 10" long:
    But I'm a bit puzzled about the grooves, maybe they are just decorative but surely they would trap material and need cleaning, so counter-productive?
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  6. Rayo56

    Rayo56 Well-Known Member

    I think it's a ...........I better stop right here! ;)


    I was gonna say "Ring Sizer" for a Giant.........:)
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  7. Rayo56

    Rayo56 Well-Known Member

    OH, could be - the grooves collect the solids and help pull them out making juicing easier?? Probably not.
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  8. Any Jewelry

    Any Jewelry Well-Known Member

    What are those plug things on boats called, to secure cables or whatever? Is it one of those?

    (Can you tell I live inland?:shame::hilarious:)
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  9. ValerieK

    ValerieK Well-Known Member

    I thought it looked a bit like a . . . so didn't do a Google search for fear of what I migt find! The robot algorithms might think I was shopping, and bombard me with ads I really don't want!
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  10. ValerieK

    ValerieK Well-Known Member

    I meant "reverse image search", I did search for "spindle", and then later for "chinois, which was more productive.
  11. Barbara W. Preston

    Barbara W. Preston Active Member

    Could it be for use with one of those big aluminum cone-shaped sieves for potato mashing or fruit mashing and draining when making jellies. Grandma had one and used a wooden piece like that to push everything through the sieve. The left over pulp she used for wines. Or, it might be one of those pieces that Granddaddy use when he spliced those big ship ropes. Cannot recall what they were called. Oops, just came to me--a marlin spike.
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  12. Bakersgma

    Bakersgma Well-Known Member

    Cone-shaped sieve - Chinois aka china cap (as above.)
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  13. Any Jewelry

    Any Jewelry Well-Known Member

    That is the chinois TallCakes mentioned.:)
    That's the one I meant!:shame::hilarious:
  14. ValerieK

    ValerieK Well-Known Member

    I'm thinking that it is a pestle for a cone-shaped sieve (chinois), a rather large one. I used to make home made tomato sauce, when my tomatoes used to avoid the blight (no longer, alas). The sieve would have to be the right fit, but I think it would work quite well. The only lingering question is about the grooves, maybe just a style choice of the maker. A lovely object in its way, I will have to find a use for it, maybe darning! Thanks to everyone for their input!
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