Flip the cover over and look at the inside of it. There in the middle
column, all the way at the bottom, where it says "Cover Photo"....
(The rest of the text it says is, "A classic woodworking brace, made in
the best tradition by Andre Milette. a noted toolmaker and carver from
the province of Quebec." Which is exactly what it looks like, except
the fact that it's a heck of a lot fancier than most furniture tends to
throw one off.)
The "bmoses-nospam" address is valid; no unmunging needed.
A very fancy hand-powered drill. I think the real name is a 'hand
Who would use a tool that looks that nice? Maybe, once a woodworker
has made all the useful furniture or cabinets possible, and still has
extra time, he or she would go ahead and make things like hand-carved
mahogany-and-ivory hand braces.
Someone who wanted beauty in his life?
I remind SWMBO when se falls too far into the jeans and sweatshirt mode that
there are pedestrian (!) women out there that could satisfy basic needs, but
I appreciate a bit of beauty.
Hi Joe. If you had opened the cover, you'd discover that it's identified
as "a classic woodworking brace, made...by andre Milette, a noted
toolmaker and carver from...Quebec."
If you're unfamiliar with what a brace is, think hand drill. And it sure
is a gorgeous piece of work.
That is a bitstock. The bit brace is the later evolution in design. Bitstocks
become metal bodied in factory production later. The bits used in them are
tapered heads with square shanks and cannot or should not be used in bit braces.
However, bit brace bits (round shanks) can be used in bitstocks, as only the the
is clamped. A bit brace chuck will include clamping the round shank, not made
the larger square shank.
Alex - "newbie_neander" woodworker
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