A double-ended spatula found in London, probably used for spreading wax onto wax tablets,
A very well-preserved awl, for making small holes in wood or (more probably) leather, found in London. This one has an iron point, a bronze collar and a handle made from turned boxwood (Buxus sempervirens),
The paring chisel mentioned above,
A socketed carpenter's gouge found at Camerton in Somerset,
A carpenter's firmer chisel with a socket for a wooden handle, found at Smith's Wharf in London,
A firmer chisel with a solid handle, found as part of the 'Sandy Hoard' in Bedfordshire,
A solid-handled mortice chisel, with the handle battered down by hard use. Found at Hod Hill.
This ship's figurehead made of oak looks like a Viking one, but it was actually made earlier, during 300-400 CE. It was found in the River Schelde in Belgium and had a tenon allowing it to be removed, maybe for travelling under low bridges. It is not known if the figurehead was made by Gallo-Roman craftsmen, Germanic craftsmen who settled in the local area or by Germanic craftsmen who used the Gallo-Roman style.
The wooden objects shown below were found in various parts of Britain and illustrate some of the humbler day-to-day Roman uses of wood. They include spindles and spindle whorls, a tent peg, a wooden key for a wooden lock, a bowl and a strange object that is listed as a bobbin but which also looks a lot like a yo-yo. The board on the right was a barrel stave, which was reused to line a well near Mansion House in London. It bears two stamps of Fuscius Macrinus, who is thought to have been the cooper who made the barrel.