AB 84-13


  • AB 81-49 Toishi
  • AB 81-60 Paint Spray Gun
  • AB 80-37 Kawara
  • AB 80-34 Kawara
  • AB 81-141 Branding Iron
  • AB 81-4 Hard Hat
  • AB 81-74 Nail Pouch
  • AB 81-40 Mallet
  • AB 81-69 d Brush
  • AB 84-13 Ink Line
  • AB 81-62 c Hammer
  • AB 81-51 d Chisel
  • AB 81-65 Crowbar
  • AB 81-46 d Saw
  • AB 81-138 Nails
  • AB 81-51 l Chisel
  • AB 81-48 Carpenter's Plane
  • AB 81-66 d Trowel
  • AB 81-59 a Carpenter's Square
  • AB 81-51 j Tool Belt
What is it?
Ink Line
What is it made of?
Where is it from?
Kyoto, Japan
When was it made?
Object ID
AB 84-13

This line marker, called a sumi-tsubo in Japanese, is made of a wooden wheel that holds a line of twisted linen. This linen is fed off the wheel into the well (the hollowed-out section of the body), which is filled with ink-soaked cotton. The linen, now covered with ink, is then drawn out through a hole, where it is attached to a pin. The sumi-tsubo is used to make long and perfectly straight lines: running the string through the well gives it a coating of black which, when carefully and properly positioned, can transfer a line on the wood to be cut. 

Purchased by The Children's Museum, 1983
AB 84-13 Ink Line