Old wooden tool found in 19th Century Michigan Barn

Discussion in 'Tools' started by Lithographer, Apr 21, 2021.

  1. Lithographer

    Lithographer Well-Known Member

    I found this in our barn in Schoolcraft, Michigan about 20 years ago. The barn did not survive but the tool has. It measures about 15" long. The half circle cut outs vary from 1 1/2" to 1 3/4". I believe it is some type of hardwood and I can't tell if it had a finish or the coloring is just from handling. It has a hole on each end, maybe or a strap? I would really like to know what this is and how old it is. Our farm was built in 1875 and the property was settled around 1830. IMG_1412.jpg IMG_1412.jpg IMG_1413.jpg IMG_1414.jpg IMG_1415.jpg IMG_1416.jpg
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  2. Ce BCA

    Ce BCA Well-Known Member

    If it weren't for the cutouts it looks like the shape of a laundry paddle. Looks like it is made of oak.
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  3. sabre123

    sabre123 Well-Known Member

    That's what I thought...a wash paddle retrofitted for some specific purpose.
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  4. Branka

    Branka Well-Known Member

    A hole on top tells me that it maybe was used to insert a string to secure whatever was wrapped around the tool. Rope or a yarn. No idea
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  5. komokwa

    komokwa The Truth is out there...!

    if it was found in BC,,,,it would be a good fish wacker..!!!!:hilarious:
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  6. Branka

    Branka Well-Known Member

    They had to sit still, then wack. :D:D:D
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  7. komokwa

    komokwa The Truth is out there...!

    what kind o' farm ?
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  8. Lithographer

    Lithographer Well-Known Member

    Not a farm anymore, just the house and a couple of acres. Was an 80 acre farm with 3 barns at one time. I think back in the day they grew corn and had cows.
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  9. komokwa

    komokwa The Truth is out there...!

    I'm thinking this club may be OOAK.......handmade for by the owner.
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  10. Branka

    Branka Well-Known Member

    Something for corn?
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  11. Bdigger

    Bdigger Well-Known Member

    First thought I had was removing corn from the cob. But I have no idea!
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  12. Rayo56

    Rayo56 Well-Known Member

    OH yeah - never thought of that - Pappy lost his teeth spitting tobacco juice out in the fields and Momma wanted to make some hogs head cheese but wanted it chunky - Don't laugh, I'm Hungarian and love making Pickled Pigs Feet, and Hot Souse Loaf - I guess I'm a dying breed, LOL! I can't even pass my recipes to my daughter :(
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  13. Aquitaine

    Aquitaine Is What It IS! But NEVER BORED!

    Not the first one I think I've seen on here, but it was some time ago.....and I thought I remembered it had something to do with EARLY Frat Hazing.....BUT then again I could be a million miles off............!:jawdrop::smuggrin::joyful:
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  14. i need help

    i need help Moderator Moderator

    The shape made me think of sugar cane, found a small bit in Michigan, but can’t find a tool like that for sugar cane.
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  15. Since it was found on a farm, dating back to the mid 19th century, with varying size cutouts, I'm putting a guess towards it being a type of jig for woodworking. Since everything back then was hand hewn, this could have been a gauge for various size wooden dowels commonly used during that period, or even just on that farm.
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  16. komokwa

    komokwa The Truth is out there...!

    the oils on the handle show it was often used...
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  17. moreotherstuff

    moreotherstuff Izorizent

    I wonder if it might have been used in preparing flax to make linen - the broad edge to break down the fiber, and the scalloped edge to sort out regular bunches of the straw to work.

    Here's a video on making linen, starting with growing the flax (you can skip ahead to about the 10 minute mark)
  18. David Kiehl

    David Kiehl Well-Known Member

    That was exactly what I was thinking. Something to do with grassy stalks
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  19. moreotherstuff

    moreotherstuff Izorizent

    An issue is size and weight. How tiring would it be to use that for a prolonged time?
  20. bluumz

    bluumz Quite Busy

    You're thinking of a fraternity paddle, they were still popular as decorative novelties when I was at university in the 1980s, LOL.

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