by Jared Neibaur
My ancestors used many different tricks to make things last. Replacements just were not available like they are today. They couldn't zip over to the hardware store and buy a new part. Most things were hand made to begin with, so there wasn't a replacement to be found unless they made it themselves. This is world in which this wire wrapping method was born and used.
This technique wasn't only used on handles, I've seen it used on wagon tongues, floor joists, rafters, and other places. I've mainly seen it on wood but I have also seen it replace bolts on some wood to metal applications and so on. It really isn't the strongest or cleanest repair method that I have seen, but it works in a pinch. It is also a secret from a lost era. People are no longer able to fix things because they don't know how, modern circumstances no longer force this kind of creative thinking. I hope by sharing this method with you, I can save one more piece of history.