Toolsday Giveaway: Win a Bosch Pocket Driver

To be eligible to win last week’s Toolsday giveaway, you had to identify a set of wooden maraca-looking things and tell us what they are use for. Only a handful of people knew the correct answer – they are sock darning eggs. You slip them into socks to make it easier to sew up the holes.  

We randomly picked one winner out of all last week’s comments and that lucky person is Ronald Shook, who thought they were used to shape copper.  Even though you’re wrong, you still win. Congrats Floree, you have one week to response to our email before we pick another winner.  

Next Tuesday, we will be giving away a Bosch 12-volt pocket driver. This powerful tool provides a variety of speed options and clutch settings to allow for a precision drilling and driving into wood and light metal. The compact, lightweight body (less than two pounds) is great for working in tight areas or overhead. And to make it even more convenient, the driver is equipped with a bright LED light.

To enter Bosch pocket driver giveaway, we’ve got another set of egg-shaped tools that you need to identify. Post a comment (click “comment” above) and tell us what tradesperson/artist uses these tools (below) and for what? (hint: the eggs are made from graphite). You don’t have to answer correctly to win; we will randomly pick one winner.

Is it too hot to go outside?  Why not stay in and get something done – how about a little delayed spring cleaning. We’ve got tips on how to efficiently speed clean, also how to make inexpensive,  chemical-free cleansers, and ways to get your laundry cleaner.

On Tuesday, July 10, we will select the winner then start up a new giveaway for another tool, which will be given away the Tuesday after that.

You have until July 10, 2012, 2:00pm (ET) to enter to win the Bosch pocket driver.  

Official Rules.

1,344 Responses

  1. Elaine says:

    glass work

  2. Reachael overberger says:

    Glass flaring tool : )

  3. Rebecca Vickers says:

    This is a Parabolic Flaring Tool for glass crafting.

  4. Collin says:

    Apparently they help shape glass… but I’d like to see a musician use them to mute a trumpet.

  5. JamesK says:

    leatherwork tool?

  6. ron armstrong says:

    glass blowing tool

  7. sherri p says:

    Looks like something to put in your shoes to stretch the leather.

  8. Brookie says:

    graphite is often used for lubrication, so maybe they are used to lubricate mechanics?

  9. Scot says:

    Mickelsen Parabolic Flaring Tool

  10. Barry says:

    The Mickelsen EGG. (Short for "The Mickelsen Parabolic Flaring Tool"!)? The EGG, made of high quality graphite, will make flaring so much easier!, Flamework artist Robert Mickelsen introduces his new tool: compares the EGG to other flaring tools, and gives a few tips on its benefits and its use. Available exclusively at

  11. Vicky says:

    glassblowing tools

  12. melissa k says:

    Maybe artists use these to stretch canvas.

    • rlbrownclardy says:

      I was thinking artist use it to transfer huge drawings onto extra large canvas or drawing space… hince the graphite tip. So it's a huge "pencil"!:-)

  13. Jill says:

    a polishing tool of some sort

  14. Ed S. says:

    A flaring tool for glass work.

  15. kggee says:

    Shoe stretchers

  16. Laurie Fisher says:

    Mickelsen Parabolic Flaring Tool for glass blowing/forming

  17. Ken Haggerty says:

    Parabolic flaring tools.

  18. Capt says:

    a parabolic flaring tool

  19. Jen says:

    I believe they look like shoe stretchers.

  20. FooseFan says:

    Mickelsen Eggs are what glasscrafters use to flare out glass art

  21. Marjorie says:

    I think it's a contraption you put in your leather shoes to help them retain their shape.

  22. Joseph Menard says:

    Does look like shoe stretchers.

  23. chris conanan says:

    looks like a shoe stretcher

  24. Jack says:

    Not sure what they are but I want them for my tool collection.

  25. Murry Huizingh says:

    They are used in working with leather.


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