1819: Looks like it lies flat, and something is placed on top, and heat can
be applied around it's periphery. That might be useful for shaping/bending
the wood forming the outermost edge of a wagon wheel. So I'll guess a
pattern for a wagon wheel.
I'd say it was stripping hair off of hides, except I think the tools for
that which I've seen, which were actually curved drawknives, always had two
handles. You used them with the hide slung over a horizontal post.
Could it have been for fleshing hides?
I'm always delighted to find something (or some word) that is new to me.
I had never heard of the word "scorp". So...
I did a google on scorp, and found only S-corp[oration] references.
I dragged out my Chambers [British dictionary, used by crossword freaks.],
found scorper = scauper.
I dug out my OED, and found 2 references to scorp; scoff & a native of
So I went back and googled 'cooper's scorp' and found:
I've got a new word :)
But... I still find it hard to believe that 1823 is one. :)
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