Hazard A Guess: Week of July 1, 2004.

Hello from Hazard!

We’ll be short and sweet this week, since only one reader hazard-ed a guess on last week’s tool, Item No. 715.

Mark Landis of Pittsburgh, Pa., calls it a bowl gouge, used to “dish out” wooden bowls or wooden chair seats.

Reader Les Howell of Beach City, Ohio, who shared the item, said this “cooper’s tool” was the only one he’d ever seen like this. (In case you’re unfamiliar with the word “cooper,” Webster’s defines it as “one who makes or repairs wooden casks or tubs.”)

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Item No. 716 is a rather odd-looking gizmo. There’s a marking on the side, but we’ll save that hint in case the mailbag is empty for awhile.

If you think you know what it is, write us at: Hazard a Guess, P.O. Box 38, Salem, OH 44460; or via e-mail to: editorial@farmanddairy.com.

There will be an early deadline for next week’s paper because of the July Fourth holiday, so Hazard will not run. See you on the 15th.

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