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Collection Fort Nisqually Permanent Collection
Object ID Number 1981.09.01a & b
Object Name Froe
Description A shake froe handle, wood, and iron blade. Handle measures 16 1/4 inches long, and 1 1/4 inches in diameter at wide end and 7/8 inches diameter at narrow end. Blade measures 14 inches long, 2 inches wide, and 1/4 inches thick, tapered. Both parts show use and chips/cracks. A froe is a tool used for splitting wood along the grain, and the wood handle is usually attached to a metal blade head. It is used by hammering one edge of its blade into the end of a piece of wood in the direction of the grain, using a wooden mallet such as 1981.09.02, then twisting the blade in the wood by rotating the handle to split the wood. A "shake" in this context is a wooden shingle made from split logs. At Fort Nisqually, batches of cedar shingles were accepted in trade for credit at the Sale Shop. The shingles were then used for roofing buildings at the fort or shipped out to buyers as needed.
Date Mid-19th century
Search Terms Froe
Shingle splitter
Shake Froe
Wood splitter
Imagefile 001\19810901a & b.JPG