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Lath Bender
« on: Sunday 22 November 20 14:48 GMT (UK) »
What would a Lath Bender do? the transcription says this and it looks like lath bender to me.

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Re: Lath Bender
« Reply #1 on: Sunday 22 November 20 14:55 GMT (UK) »
As in Lath-and-plaster?
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Re: Lath Bender
« Reply #2 on: Sunday 22 November 20 15:08 GMT (UK) »
Maybe steaming laths and bending them in a jig to set them. Why, is the question? cove ceilings etc.

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Re: Lath Bender
« Reply #3 on: Sunday 22 November 20 15:17 GMT (UK) »
I think it reads Lath Render.

 " To render means to offer.  To rend means to split.  Both words have largely fallen out of use, but they linger on in phrases like "Render unto Caesar that which is Caesar's" and "What God has joined together let no man rend assunder."

A plasterer certainly renders plaster, but a lath render certainly doesn't render wood, he rends it - he splits it into laths.  The laths would be used for trellis work or to make plaster & lath walls, and I suspect that this partly explains the confusion between render & rend.  To call a lath render a renderer is like calling a plasterer a plastererer.  It's a common mistake today, but I think you'll find the Victorian census enumerators usually got it right. "
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Re: Lath Bender
« Reply #4 on: Sunday 22 November 20 15:26 GMT (UK) »
From "A Dictionary of Occupational Terms"
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Re: Lath Bender
« Reply #5 on: Sunday 22 November 20 15:37 GMT (UK) »
Thank you everybody, that makes so much sense.

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