Above, four Burr moulder's trowels in my possession. A major manufacturer of moulder's tools, the company started in Detroit, Michigan as Godwin & Burr before becoming Burr's Damascus Tool Works. For more information, visit the Trowel & Masonry Tool Collector Resource.
These tools were used in making moulds from wooden patterns, into which molten metal would be poured to form the actual parts. With the coming of 3-D printing, no doubt a declining occupation.
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