The THING... what the hell is this?
By Graeme Hill
After my father died 10 years ago we sorted through his workshop. I know sons often lack perspective about how good fathers were at things, but I’m safe in saying he was a serious craftsman, especially in leatherwork.
There was one thing in the workshop that none of our family or friends have been able to identify: The THING.
Trademark clues show my father made it from scratch, for certain, and seemingly for a purpose but none of us ever saw it in use.
A decade of scratching our heads is enough. Now I’m asking if you can help. Have you seen anything like it? What could it be? HELP!
The THING. Help Graeme Hill identify the THING.
The THING. The leather 'collar' as it resides on the THING.
The THING. A side view of the THING's leather collar and intricate stringwork.
The THING. The detailed leatherwork at the base of the THING.
The THING. A closer look at the base of the THING.
The THING. The base of the THING, underneath.
The THING. A scale shot for you. That's a newspaper.
The THING. The pointed top-end of the THING.
The THING. The base of the THING as it looks on the grass.