As regards last week: Pussy Galore and the Camellia And now…
One day a gentleman I know presented me with a gift. The
circumstances were a bit circuitous. We have a common interest in
that we both play ping pong every week and we discovered we are or
were both diamond setters. He was a high level craftsman and we
became friends. The gift he presented me was a drill.
Ah… but this was no ordinary drill. This was a hand pumped drill
powered by string dating back to who knows when. I don’t know if it’s
an original antique or not… or if it’s a modified antique… as it
has a chuck at the end to hold drill-bits and burs.
All that aside… this drill is an attestation to man’s ingenuity. I
had done an article some time ago about a drill such as this one…
but I never had one in my hands … let alone owned one.
Here’s how it works. A metal spindle is inserted into a wooden bar.
Each end of the bar has string attached which is fastened to the top
of the spindle. The lower part of the spindle is weighted. The tip is
mounted with the chuck into which is inserted a drill. I imagine in
it’s original form the tip was a diamond or a hard gem of some sort.
The string is twirled around the spindle and the wooden bar is then
forced downward. The unraveling of the string causes the spindle to
spin clockwise and as it spins the speed of the rotation forces the
string to wind around the spindle in the opposite direction…
bringing the wooden bar back up–which–when forced down again causes
the spindle to now rotate in the opposite direction. Re:
counter-clockwise. I use a little cap of my own on top to hold the
spindle in place while it’s rotating.
I have an image of the device for all to see. The arms and hands
holding the device belong to none other than moi. Humbleness… thy
name is not Benjamin.
For those of you who are new to this thing called Tidbits…may I
direct you to my home page at http://www.tyler-adam.com where you
will scroll down the left side menu till you get to the area that
says Current Tidbits… click it… and you will see represented on
our pages an image of an old old drill representing the ingenuity of
man regardless of the tools he has at his disposal.
And there ya have it.
That’s it for this week folks.
Catch you all next week.