Bung hole starter

Unknown donor (1978:150:303)

Picking up from last week’s #WhatsNewWednesday, this interesting tool is called a bungstart. It is used to bore into the side of a wooden barrel to create what is known as the bung hole. This is where the barrel is filled and emptied of its liquid contents. A bung, basically a larger version of a wine cork, is placed in the bunghole to seal the barrel for storage and transportation. Now go impress your friends with all this cool information!

This bungstart is dated circa 1900-1930s and measures 13.5″ long with a roughly 2″ diameter.