Block and tackle looks a bit convoluted on this old sailing schooner but the various black circular blocks hold it all together and keep the mast upright. I have three of these blocks carved from lignum vitae with forged iron shafts which I found at an antique shop in Toronto. Probably from England, the shop owner referred to them as 'werry wheels' - not sure why. Lignum vitae is impervious to rot and translates "the tree of life". With all those good qualities in mind, we at the Brave Brown Bag wish all a 'worry' free holiday and a wonderful New Year!