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#1 posted 09-25-2007 11:14 PM

Matt, I can’t provide any provinance for this particular vice, but this type/style of vice has been oruond in boat building shops forever. Especially what’s known as spar shops. These shops typically have great long spar benches along a wall to which several of these have been attached. These enabled the craftsmen to grip masts and booms nice and straight while being fabricated or repaired.
A regular contributor to the WoodenBoat Forum ( is a terrific fellow – Bob Smalser. He is extremely knowledgeable about vintage tools and how to repair and preserve them. Give him a shout and I’ll bet he can provide more insite.
~~~ Paul M ~~~

-- Paul M in Des Moines

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