Market Lavington Museum

This augers well

At Market Lavington Museum, we are currently relocating our tools of many trades. Amongst these we have this auger.

Augers come in many shapes and sizes, some big enough to dig post holes in the ground. This one is smaller and, we imagine, was used to drill into wood. Its record card calls it a coach builder’s auger, but it does not appear to be linked to the wheelwrights in the village, who were involved with repairing waggons. This one was found in a garage on Kings Road in 1969.

A close up of the end of the tool shows a small drill tip which would have started the hole, followed by a wider drill to bore a hole with a larger diameter.

Turning the wooden handle manually would have involved harder work than using a wheel brace or an electric drill.