Weeding leads to an interesting discovery

The columnist found this item while pulling weeds. Do you know what it is? Contact Vitginia Salter at poetlariat@oregontrail.net or by calling Timm Collins at 541-564-4533.

When one goes digging, one never knows what may be uncovered. 

This past spring, for the first time in three years, I began digging up the weeds around my weeping birch trees. I discovered a very curious object that has inspired many conversations as to what it might be and the uses for which it may have been designed.

So far no one has come up with a definitive idea, and the speculations have been quite entertaining. One end has a roller that is about two inches in length and one inch in diameter. The handle is about six to eight inches long, and the end opposite the roller has a hook. The roller appears to be made of an acrylic, the hook out of steel and the handle is wooden.

One person opined that it might be a tool used in wallpapering, with the roller end made for smoothing the seams between sheets and the hook end for wallpaper removal.

Another person thought it might be a tool for removing shakes or shingles. This thought occurred, because some work had been done on the interior and  exterior of my home about two years ago, and I thought maybe one of the workers dropped it unknowingly. It certainly seems that one could definitely ream and smooth with it, though the hook is so short that the reaming would be rather shallow.

If it were a cooking utensil, it could be used in pastry preparation and designing. Perhaps it could be used in preparing a whole fish into a fillet for baking or frying. However, a knife would also be required to slice through a fish broader than a young eel or sardine.

I am hopeful that it is not a dental or surgeon’s tool. Besides, those are usually made entirely of steel, so they may be sterilized between uses.

I am including a photo of the item that you, my readers, may speculate to your hearts’ content and offer suggestions because you recognize the device.

I must say, though this discovery has created much musing, I believe I prefer to set aside my detective skills and uncover more mundane things like beetles, earthworms and centipedes.

Virginia Salter of Hermiston is a substitute teacher for the Hermiston School District. Readers can email her at poetlariat@oregontrail.net.

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