Lee Valley Tools    Woodworking Newsletter
   Vol. 4, Issue 1
   September 2009
   From the Collection

The "Glasgow"
The Glasgow

On a scale of one to 10 for "gizmoscity" this tool comes in at 11.5 or even higher. It has it all! The use of metal, rare woods, storage for doodads, the obligatory small bit of brass to attract the crows, profuse markings as to its origins and as a final touch, the inclusion of a spring initiated by a pull bar using a small piece of plumber's chain. Never before has there been such a cornucopia of diverse ideas in one place. There is only one problem. What the heck is/was it used for?

When first obtained and put into the Lee Valley collection, there appeared to be no doubt as to its use. It's a drill — just another version of the hand drills that permeated the marketplace prior to the invention and availability of the electric drill in the 1920s. At this point, we are not so sure. A device for controlled rotary movement, yes, but as to the specific purpose or discipline, who knows?

You, the reader, will have to judge once you have read all these facts and studied the photos closely.
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