Vol. 4, Issue 3
What Is It?
Some basic elements are required for all "What Is It?"
columns. The variety of construction styles and materials used
is often the most important aspect in trying to portray the
visual and tactile mystery in these tools. Sometimes it is just
the way the item is presented that causes indecision about its
intended purpose. It is possible to confuse even the best historian
by withholding important features such as a label or trademark.
This type of omission can be particularly frustrating when dealing
with an object where the query has come from a third party and
a close physical examination cannot be done.
we do not have that problem with this item. When picked for
inclusion in the newsletter, there was never a thought as to
the black hole one would fall into when researching this tool.
In fact, we had more computers running than the SETI@home project
and still found no trace of any information. It is clear what
this is/was used for: it's some type of sanding device that
allowed fresh sandpaper to be introduced by just rotating the
two wooden cylinders and retaining tension with the nifty brass
locks on the square axles.