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Metal Buoy - What to do with it?
« on: January 30, 2011, 02:23:09 PM »
On a recent trip to a car boot sale, I ended up coming back with a lovely metal buoy............the rest of the family disagree, even the dog peed on it!!!

Firstly, now that I own this wonderful piece of kit, can anyone tell me what it was actually used for?

Secondly, any suggestions on how to enhance the beauty of my latest treasure, with some rope-work?


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Re: Metal Buoy - What to do with it?
« Reply #1 on: January 30, 2011, 02:43:53 PM »
Helo Johnny,

What a great find!
I am unsure of what it truly is, but I think you may be correct. Unless it is something left over from a long ago conflict.  Eek!
I can not make out what the stamped letters say and maybe that would help.

But, if it were mine and not a valuable artifact, I would encase it in a pineapple knot of beautiful cordage. Or a globe knot.
Then I would put it on the table for everyone to admire. ;-)

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Re: Metal Buoy - What to do with it?
« Reply #2 on: January 30, 2011, 03:13:51 PM »
It is approx 8 inches (20cm) in diameter the two holes at the top of the picture are 1 inch diameter.

The wording on the buoy says:

MENSUNZA

ERANDIO - BILBAO

PROBADO  - A 80 KCR 3

However the KCR 3 could be something else as it is rather difficult to read.

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Re: Metal Buoy - What to do with it?
« Reply #3 on: January 30, 2011, 03:17:27 PM »

But, if it were mine and not a valuable artifact, I would encase it in a pineapple knot of beautiful cordage. Or a globe knot.
Then I would put it on the table for everyone to admire. ;-)

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Totally agree with there, but not sure C in C Nag Home would approve of something so large as a centre piece?

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Re: Metal Buoy - What to do with it?
« Reply #4 on: January 30, 2011, 03:20:54 PM »
You could attach a pulley up in the ceiling by a corner, stick a cleat on the wall, cover the buoy well and hoist it aloft. My uncle did this with a glass float and I thought it was cool! Nice find Johnny!

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« Reply #5 on: January 30, 2011, 05:16:36 PM »
Erandio is a mostly industrial area north of Bilbao, and Mensunza is a rather uncommon family name.
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Re: Metal Buoy - What to do with it?
« Reply #6 on: January 30, 2011, 07:57:31 PM »
My Uncle found some with the same shape and the two holes just like yours but they had an orange plastic outer shell. He told me he thought they were used by scientist checking weather conditions, etc. from up around Alaska or somewhere.

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Re: Metal Buoy - What to do with it?
« Reply #7 on: January 31, 2011, 02:26:04 AM »
I think the holes/becket are actually on the bottom, and it may be a drift net float with the owners name and location, or perhaps the makers name. Google translate says 'probardo' means tested or proven, so perhaps made to an approval standard of some kind .
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Re: Metal Buoy - What to do with it?
« Reply #8 on: January 31, 2011, 04:11:59 AM »
I believe you are correct PwH. I Google image searched "drift net floats" and did indeed see a few similar to Johnny's.

Thanks!

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Re: Metal Buoy - What to do with it?
« Reply #9 on: January 31, 2011, 06:37:32 AM »
Cover it with a globe knot and use it as a door stop.  Or send it to me.   ;D

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Re: Metal Buoy - What to do with it?
« Reply #10 on: January 31, 2011, 07:16:25 AM »
Google led me to this eBay Feedback cryptic note:

Marcello Ensunza Buoy Bouy Crab Trap Float Vintage?


which says "crab trap float".  Why the double becket, I wonder.
(One could use for a helper small float and for haul line.)

(I guess the dog sensed that it had some aquatic purpose.)

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Re: Metal Buoy - What to do with it?
« Reply #11 on: February 07, 2011, 07:45:04 AM »
Why enhance it at all?

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Re: Metal Buoy - What to do with it?
« Reply #12 on: February 07, 2011, 07:58:30 AM »
Because it has been brought before a knot tying forum. I's got to get a knot of some kind. The knot ought to be an enhancement.
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Re: Metal Buoy - What to do with it?
« Reply #13 on: February 07, 2011, 08:38:15 AM »
I have to say that I do rather like it as it is, it has a rather nice industrial quality to it.

It would be nice to do something with it, as for me the size would be a bit of a challenge. There is also the option of just adding some rope-work to the two loops?

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Re: Metal Buoy - What to do with it?
« Reply #14 on: February 09, 2011, 01:49:28 AM »
I buy things like this all the time, and I have great plans for doing something with it.  Usually, how ever, all I accomplish is stocking up on merchandise for sale whenever I have a cleaning out sale
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