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With the kind permission of the monthly publication RENOVATION BRICOLAGE I refer here to an article to which I have collaborated in February, 2000

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 The monthly publication RENOVATION BRICOLAGE in the February, 2000 issue most probably was a pionneer in publishing an article on factories of ancient tools in the province of Quebec. Mr. Vincent Roy, who is the chief editor, with the collaboration of Jacques Héroux, collector of old tools, wrote the following pages. To put more curiosity to it, a mystery tool was submitted to the readers.

 

 The history of the makers of tools in the province of Quebec is not very well known. These were mainly located in three main cities: Quebec City, Montreal and Roxton Pond. At this last site there were more factories than anywhere else.

 

 The tools fabricated then, mainly in wood, were planes: block, jack, jointers, moudings, plows etc. Each and every factory had a particular mark or imprint (commonly called today "a signature"). This imprint was stamped at the nose of each plane. Also the shape of the wedge holding down the blade was different with each maker. Moreover we can see that the quality and the care to finish a tool varied from one factory to the other.

 

 In Roxton Pond there were more tool factories than anywhere else. The last one to operate at this place was the STANLEY TOOL COMPANY. This firm started in 1907 and closed in 1984. At a time more than 300 peoples were working there. Very nice tools were made by the thousands. The Stanley No. 55 with all its boxes of different blades was meant to replace all the wooden planes. It was a "PLANING MILL WITHIN ITSELF" they said. On the box of this last tool it is indicated that it is made in Roxton Pond while on the skate we find "Made in Canada". However I believe that this tool was made in the USA, imported here and then labeled so. This was probably done to facilitate its marketing in this province.

 Each factory had its own catalogue. There was a certain emulation among the factories making tools. Often precious woods like ebony, rosewood or boxwood were used to make special tools.Two nice examples of the work of A. Monty are shown here.

 

 On page 8 of the already mentionned publication, RENOVATION BRICOLAGE, a mystery tool is shown up. First it is shown on a square cm paper, next it held in the hand and finaly it is the details of the head itself.. Many readers have suggested different functions for this tool. It was a shoemaker's, a bourrelier-sellier, a rembourreur, a sheet metal worker, a tinsmith, a tapissier, a forgeron, a marechal ferrant, a vitrier and a sawset man.

 

 In a subsequent issue of RENOVATION BRICOLAGE it was mentionned that the mystery concerning this tool was still existing. I hope that a documented answer will be given in a near future.
At last after after waiting for many months we finaly got the solution. A friend of mine living in USA sent me a copy of the patent of this object. Contrary to what we all thought before this is not a tool but a UTENSIL. It was a device to lift kettles. Please have a look at the document.

Here I must thank very much the publication RENOVATION-BRICOLAGE and more particularly its director Mr. JOSÉ ROY.