This device at Smith’s Tavern is supposedly an artisan’s drill. It is composed of a thin metal rod, with a wooden disc, that ends in a point; attached to it are two twisted strings also attached to a wooden crossbar. Operation of this device may have been the twisting of the strings around the pole to provide torque for the drill, but this is conjecture.
Our research was unable to discover any similar device or how such a device would be utilized. If anyone does know more about this particular tool, please email the Historical Society with this much needed information.