is doubtful that these floats were ever meant to be worked hard,
as their function would have been more for final fitting, a
smoothing out of a section on a workpiece. These examples are
not marked with a maker's name. Other examples seen in private
collections have a maker's mark (Mathieson) and, in one case,
have a size stamped on the main body. The two other float examples
shown here are used in animal husbandry, not in the woodworking
D.S. Orr has been a collector, user and student of woodworking
and metalworking tools and practices for more than 40 years.
Recently retired, he has devoted even more time to these endeavors.