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Old 03-09-2014, 16:20   #1
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Another "What is it?"

Actually, I know what it is... home made. Building a couple of Portuguese fishing boat style dinks, and needed to wrap the oars to prevent oar lock wear and noise.

So happy with the outcome, I had to post and ask the question... What is this called, and what was it used for back in the windjammer days. This one is ugly and a quick job, but it does the job. The reel allows one to work alone rather than with a helper.

First learned to use it as a "deck-ape" in the USN.

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Re: Another "What is it?"

Looks like a meat tenderiser an oar and some other stuff.
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Re: Another "What is it?"

Why, that's a seizing mallet!

I've often wished that I had one... nice job of cobbling one up.

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Re: Another "What is it?"

It's been a while since I've seen one! It's great to be reminded of methods from the past.
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Re: Another "What is it?"

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Looks like a meat tenderiser an oar and some other stuff.
You're right about the meat tenderizer (modified with a 3" radius cut into the head) and the "oar" is just a 1.5" dowel for a test run...

But this tool has a name, and a long, long, long history. What is it called, and what was its original use? While it's original use is rare today, it is still used for marlin spike fancy work and other wraps.

Just a brain teaser... no fair using google-fu

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Why, that's a seizing mallet!
Ding, ding, ding.... We have a winner!

Also called a serving mallet, its original use was to apply the serving (outer marline wrap) to the standing rigging on the windjammers. Worm and Parcel with the lay, turn and Serve the other way.
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Re: Another "What is it?"

It's for parching, worming and serving (SP?). My mentor who was in his mid 70's in 1983 drove that into me as I apprenticed as a boat wright carpenter.


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Re: Another "What is it?"

I forgot how good this simple tool works... The wraps are as tight as a Scotsman's wallet. The boogered up reel is a nice (non-traditional) addition. I can lay a 12 inch wrap in about 5 min without a helper to pass a skein of line. The tighter you grap the wraps around the handle the tighter the base wrap. Lean into it a bit, and the wrap will never loosen up. Thinking of making up a nicer one since this hack works so well.

Folks pay well for marlinspike fancy work.
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