Daniel Schneider

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Jordan Holland wrote:It's almost Halloween! How about posting all your favorite Halloween songs? What do you like?

Mine's a bit more old school


EDIT  I just realised that this involves a Janet as well...

2 months ago

Jay Angler wrote:I was thinking it looked like something for shoe-making, but it wasn't like any of the typical wooden lasts I'd seen. Well done, Daniel!
I'd noticed it seemed to have "Canton" imprinted on it, which is associated with China, so I wonder if it is more commonly used in their version of shoe-making?

I'd thought it was referring to Canton Ohio
3 months ago

Pearl Sutton wrote:I paid 50 cents for this. I know what I'll use it for, but what is it? I have a guess, but no solid data to back it up.
About 12 inches long, iron, interesting shape.

I think it's a cobbler's last. You'd slip it into a shoe that needed resoling so you could peg/nail on the new sole. It'd also be useful for putting hobnails on the soles of shoes and boots
3 months ago

Cheryl Gallagher wrote:My first thought was a rug hook, but I can't find one like this online.

I think Cheryl's basically right. My dad's father made rugs on burlap backings, and dad had a tool that looked just like that, which he said was his father's rug making tool. From what dad said, he didn't make hooked rugs exactly, they were more stitched, and the loops pulled upin a different way-does the tip slide into the shaft at some point along its length?
3 months ago

Anita Martin wrote:

Mike Haasl wrote:I gave a lady some lupine seeds as we walked through my food forest.  Later I heard that she and some friends were eating salads and put them on their salads!!!  I believe they're toxic and that was a risky behavior.

Cooked lupine seeds (of the alba variety) have a long history as a (healthy and cheap!) snack in Portugal and are used more and more for vegan products.
Not sure if the link works, the seeds look like this:

Maybe that lady cooked them?

Hej Anita!
There are different types of lupines. Some have been selectively bred to be edible, and some have been selected for appearance, and are really not good for eating.(or for anything else, IMO), so it's pretty important to know which type you've got before planning on eating them.
3 months ago
Something just occurred to me: is there any sign that it originally had some sort of handle other than the bar between the  spool and the porcelain bearing/insulator?
3 months ago

Drew Moffatt wrote:The pin is just a stop for the spool.
It feels old, keeping in mind I'm 28.
The piece at the top is interesting as its fixed but porcelain so a pre plastic insulator?

Well, porcelain has other useful characteristics than just insulating: for one, it's really hard and scratch/abrasion resistant, so if it were a barbed wire stretching tool, the porcelain would be much less damaged by the barbs than a metal bearing would. Plus, it's smoothness would mean much less friction from whatever was being un/rolled across it
3 months ago

Amy Arnett wrote:Here's a thing I found beachcombing. Not sure what it is for.

Anyone seen these around and know what they are?

Perhaps the mouth to an eel pot (trap)?
3 months ago

Jesse Glessner wrote:Every year my grandmother made sugared orange peel "candy", along with a wire coat hanger, rounded into a wreath style, and added wrapped candies to that for us at Christmas.
Have any of you tried these citrus sugared peels? YUK!!! A Japanese girl who worked for me loved them, but then she grew up with them.

My mother was smart about it though! She made us eat every bit of the orange peel "candy" BEFORE she set out the candy wreath!     :-)

I say "YUK" even thinking about those awful candies!

I love them. I make candied peel with orange, lemon, grapefruit and pomelo, and in addition to eating them straight, I put them in my christmas puddings and fruitcake instead of that vile flourescent candied melon rind you see in the shops.
4 months ago