These tools at Smith’s Tavern are spoke pointers or dowel pointers; they are made of cast iron. Spoke pointers were originally used by wheelwrights and blacksmiths to round the end of wooden wheel spokes before using a hollow auger to form elongated, round tenons of specific diameter. Dowel pointers are smaller versions of the spoke pointers. The design is simple: a conical end that accepts spokes or dowels in a range of sizes and an adjustable cutter mounted to the cone that meets the wood at an angle. A few turns with a brace creates a chamfer, which then would allow the spoke to fit into the opening of a hollow auger for additional stock removal. More turns of the brace, though, could shave the wood all the way to a point. Think of pointers like oversized pencil sharpeners.