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A traveler is used for measuring lengths and is particularly handy for measuring odd shapes and curves. The one featured this month is made to measure feet and inches. The design on the left and the designs featured on the "variations" page combine form and function to create tools that exemplify hand-made quality.

Slot-punched holes must be made in the exact center of the stock. Punching them in round stock is especially difficult without some way of accurately starting the slot punch. This tool, featured in the December issue, ensures exact alignment, resulting in consistently centered holes.

When making slot-punched holes, allowance needs to be made for shrinkage. It’s often difficult to get exact spacing because of this. If too far apart, upset the stock between the holes. if too close together, use a stock stretcher. Two are featured in issue 112.

Most designs are first drawn on paper and then taken to the shop where they are often used as a full-size guide for work in progress. The problem with using paper is that it burns and parts can’t be compared to them while working hot. The solution is to make the drawing directly on a piece of steel using soapstone, white or silver colored pencil or white charcoal pencil, or transfer the image using one of the three methods shown this month.

Anvils anyone? ToolCrib travels to the Fall Blacksmith's Association of Missouri meeting at Andrew MacDonald's new shop this month where he has spent eight years buying equipment for his new shop. These anvils are just the tip of the iceberg.