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Andrew Paul's watchmaker's work bench
Andrew Paul's watchmaker's work bench

Wooden work bench used by watchmaker Andrew Alexander Paul, Golspie. The bench has a flat top with a groove along the front edge, probably to stop small items rolling off. There is leg space under the bench on the left side, with four drawers and a cupboard on the right side. Below the leg space is a platform which acted as a foot rest and also supported a treadle (now separate) for operating the lathe. Above the leg space there are two narrow drawers with a wider drawer underneath. Below these, a wooden frame with a concave front to fit the body and covered with fine canvas slides out, again to stop items falling to the floor. The canvas is fixed to the frame with rusty drawing pins. The drawers and cupboard have small brass knobs. Either side of these central drawers are cavities which give access to the underside of the work surface so that tools can be fixed in place. The cavity on the right is accessed by two gaps in the front, that on the left is accessed from underneath, but with two ledges at the front where small items can stand.
Picture added on 24 April 2008
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