Sunday, March 13, 2011


I have always had a bit of a fascination with anything that has gears. Well, visible gears in particular, as evidenced by my love affair with the swift whip. I'm not sure what it is, but I find gears like that mesmerising.

Vintage hand drill
I remember that my dad had one of these when I was a kid. He never used it of course, he had an electric one (that he also never really used), but I seem to remember that it had belonged to his father or something. Actually, I mainly remember getting roused on when I wanted to play with it as a little kid! I can of course, understand why he didn't want me to play with it especially as I was a child strangely prone to getting my fingers caught in things.

I saw this one with its remnants of red paint, worn handle, and slightly rusted patina at Rozelle Markets and had to have it. Weirdly enough I saw four more at the markets that day but have seen none since! Luck of the draw with the markets though, and I was glad that I'd managed to snap this one up for a total bargain.

It's currently sitting on the bookshelf begging for me to find it a more permanent arrangement somewhere in this dear little house.


  1. I have one of these too! It is from my Great-Grandfather's tool shed. Unfortunately my grandparents had to sell the old house, but I managed to score a few bits and pieces, including the drill, before the sale. I have used it to drill holes in shells - an electric drill would just shatter the shell - so it does have a use for me as well as being a beautiful object. I also love the feel and vintage charm of it. I never thought to display it though - thanks for the idea :)

  2. Great use for it- Gentle drill, sounds like an oxymoron! Glad you like the idea :)


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