It's a special work surface (read: modified stump) for bending metal...Why would someone want to bend metal? I can think of two reasons, 1. making car parts from scratch, 2. making your wife cool gifts like this:
Last night he graciously demostrated how his carved-out-stump-on-a-stand is a valuable metalsmith's tool. First, you take sheet metal and cut a circle out: Then you place it over one of the holes you carved out of the stump and whack it:
Then you roll it and squish it between these two heavy wheels:
Voila! And now you've got a bowl about an inch deep!
Isn't that interesting? I think it's interesting. Though I couldn't resist throwing in this shot of hubbie's hair:
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