The post a few days ago about the cobbler's hammer got me
wondering too. Went to the big downtown library and found "Dictionary of
Leather-Working Tools, c.1700-1950" by R. A. Salaman. From the description
in the earlier thread, the hammer is a 'cordwainer's hammer,' used in
America and Canada. The pein (pane in the book) was used in, I gather from
the text, an adze-like motion. The purpose was to make little pleats in
curved parts of the shoe leather, so the leather would wrap tightly around
the last. The buckled high spots were then rasped off. One quoted
authority suggested that only bodgers would use such a technique. Dissent
among craftsmen! Whodathunkit?
A tidbit I got from the book is that what we see called a "Mill
Knife" in our LV catalogs derived from shoemaker's knives. The blades were
first used without handles by the "clinkers" who cut out the shoe
pieces from the hide. The blades were bendy if too long, and ungrippable
if too short. Then a clever inventor made the handle which allowed only a
desired length of blade to protrude.
A final tidbit is that Paul N. Hasluck, who wrote/edited the great
woodcarving book, wrote a series of how-to books, including saddle and
harness making. Ping Charlie Self: get cracking, dude!
"Keep your ass behind you"
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