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Alan T.30/06/2010 20:33:28
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Hi Guys,
               I turned these this week from sketches made by the guy for whom they are made. I have never seen or heard of anything like them so I thought they might provide some food for thought on the site.They are all between 60 and 100 mm high
 and 25 to 50mm dia.and  as you can see they all have screwed lids.The timbers are Oak, Yew, and marbled Ash and they are all finished in Danish oil as requested.(I personally don't like the sticky smelly stuff but he who pays the piper calls the tune)  I will provide more info if necessary but I don't think this one will last long.
 Cheers   Alan T.

Edited By Alan T. on 30/06/2010 20:37:09

Edited By Alan T. on 30/06/2010 20:38:10

Oddjob30/06/2010 20:45:58
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I haven't a clue what they are used for but they look absolutely wonderful.
On second thoughts, they all seem to have a hole in the top.  Are they dispensers for salt or perhaps thread or string of some kind?
Sparky30/06/2010 20:49:18
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Are the smaller ones for salt?
Others could be for tooth picks, saltpetre servers (if he has a musket laying around!),  or even rolled up wad of money!
I know I'm way out so I'll definitely need more clues! 
There very nice either way, well done

Marc ☻
Alan T.30/06/2010 21:07:30
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Thanks Richard and Marc. Very observant Richard the 3mm hole you noticed is in all of them and is crucial in use. No more for now.  Alan T. 
Ron Davis30/06/2010 21:23:57
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I doubt they are for salt as you will need one for the pepper as well. As Alan has finished them so nicely, and made the so well, they are clearly ornamental as well as having a use.
I reckon they hold threads for crocheting, or mabe threads for winding on to lace bobbins
robert dignam01/07/2010 08:48:38
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hi alan are they for perfume
Victor Hamshoo01/07/2010 17:07:58
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Toilet light pulls ?
Alan T.01/07/2010 17:34:05
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No correct guesses yet fellas. Will add more info later .  Alan T.

Edited By Alan T. on 01/07/2010 17:34:27

Alan T.01/07/2010 19:23:01
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Hello Guys, This view might give you a clue .    Alan T.
Ron Davis01/07/2010 20:19:30
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I see that some of them have a hole in the base, does this mean the thread goes right through, for sending messages on over head wires asking SWMBO to make a cuppa?
PS It wont work in our house!
George Arnold01/07/2010 20:30:21
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Are they filled with lead shot to act as a hold down for tapestry work, or scrolls, what ever they are used for they are an excellent job Alan
Alan T.01/07/2010 20:36:59
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I wish Ron. Likewise here. Sorry if it looks like a hole in the base but it aint.
Hello George, Thanks for that but your guess is incorrect.  Cheers   Alan T. 
dennis wake01/07/2010 22:05:00
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hi Alan
  are there  for envelope seals and the center is to hold the wax . the hole in the top is for thread to hang round your neck.
Alan T.02/07/2010 18:54:28
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Hello Fellas, this picture here should explain the intended use for the boxes in this thread. 
  Cheers   Alan T. 

Edited By sparky on 02/07/2010 23:28:17

Ron Davis02/07/2010 20:40:03
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Cor strike a light, it matched none of my ideas. Mind you some of mine were better, I must try to make them some day

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