Friday, November 2, 2018
A New Nose Cone
I was happily tightening braided buttons when this happened:
Without actually digging through my N.A. Notebooks (tack notes), but going only through pictures, I discovered this piece of dowel existed by November of 2005 and was covered in braid by February of 2008. I had forgotten it had existed so long bare. Somewhat unlike me, the tool is not dated, only signed. :(
It has a history of not being quite strong enough to withstand the stresses and strains of the job, as do my other tools. When the nose cone came off, it was clear the wood had been deeply fractured for a long time:
I peeled off the linings under the black front button. This braided-leather button is no different in its formula from the big central one, despite being a tapered cone shape. It was done over a tapered core (very likely this dowel) and hand-shaped to its present form.
I found a matching dowel that had already been rounded, and hacked off a tip.
Elmer's to the rescue, (my wood glue having died some years ago). On the second day, I returned to find a very small gap and a solid join.
Strapping tape, or nylon-fibres tape, is an old friend when it comes to tool handles; it doesn't get sticky with age and doesn't shift or compress, staying relatively inert if protected. Really embarrassing to admit I didn't have a roll of strapping tape in the house -- ! I reused the old pieces and found another strip nearby (the recycling spirit of a Front Range Coloradan has to be seen to be believed). The black Gorilla tape I had used previously (see pictures 5, 6 & 7) I didn't want to reuse, as its feel was too spongy.
My beloved Needle Awl is ready for many more years of service.