Academic journal article The Chronicle of the Early American Industries Association, Inc.

Shank Lasters-Beyond "What?" to "Why?"

Academic journal article The Chronicle of the Early American Industries Association, Inc.

Shank Lasters-Beyond "What?" to "Why?"

Article excerpt

Whatsits

Calvin Kddleman of Vancouver, Washington, sent in the Whatsits shown in Figure 1. Whatsits Editor Ivan Risley identified as a leatherworkers' lasting tool. Its purpose was to stretch uppers over the shoe last. In fact, Ivan notes that he has a couple of the same type of tool among his leather tools. This new example, however, reminded Ivan that he had never really thought much about the tool and how it was used. A similar tool had been presented at the Mid-West Tool Collectors Association meeting this past spring, and although most people at the meeting knew it was a leatherworking tool, no one offered any other facts regarding the tool. So, this question is not so much a Whatsits as a "Whysits." Did the tool have a name? Was there only one size? Are there any other types of the tool?

By coincidence, The Chronicle editor recently came upon a very short piece, "Shank Lasters," by .1. Didsbury in The Chronicle (9.3, no. 2 (1970): 25,31). It is reprinted here (box at left) in its entirety with illustrations. No other sizes or descriptions of the tools were given.

The note in the caption in that article referring to "Davidson's Patent" led to a cursory search of the U.S. Patent Web site. Davidson's patent wasn't found, but the site yielded patent no. …

Search by... Author
Show... All Results Primary Sources Peer-reviewed

Oops!

An unknown error has occurred. Please click the button below to reload the page. If the problem persists, please try again in a little while.