Timberman's Scribe

by Erlene Cooper
(Overland Park, KS)

Timberman's Scribe

Timberman's Scribe

Timberman's Scribe Timberman's Scribe

Can you verify the identification of the pictures below? If it is a timber man's scribe, can you describe exactly how the tool would have been used? The round cylinder on the side looks like a chalk holder of some sort. I would appreciate some information on the use of all the different parts of this tool.


This tool was found underneath the front seat of an old truck from Oklahoma.

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Sticking Tommy
by: Anonymous

Your item is not a timberman's scribe. It is an old miners tool, sometimes referred to as a "sticking tommy". To use it the miner wedged the point into a seam in the rock with the hook facing down. The round part held a candle and the hook was probably used to hold a lunch pail.

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