What Is It?:

Just what wood this knob­bly long thing be?

Sunday Tasmanian - Tassie Living - - CONTENTS - tassieliv­ing@news.com.au

This week’s What Is It? arte­facts come from Red Shed Restora­tion in Huonville. Ac­cord­ing to the owner, they were used at a Tas­ma­nian busi­ness in the 1930s pro­duc­ing some­thing that’s still just as pop­u­lar as ever al­most a cen­tury on.

These de­vices, which are pic­tured up­side down, are con­structed of a long Huon pine arm with six small, open, hol­low bulbs. Mix­ing things up, the bulbs on these two are dif­fer­ent shapes, but there must be ver­sions in thou­sands of shapes out there.

Sim­i­lar items are a cov­eted col­lec­tor’s item in Ja­pan, but in Aus­tralia, the job is now typ­i­cally done by ma­chines.

If you think you know what this week’s mys­tery gad­get is, send your an­swer in to

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