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05-22-2013 07:32 PM

Topic tags/keywords: identify tool vintage logging tool

A good friend picked this up at a garage sale for me. I love it. I just don’t know what it is. Though I suspect it has something to do with logging. The handle has the diameter and feel of an axe handle.

Can you help me identify this tool?

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#1 posted 05-22-2013 07:37 PM

looks like some kind of cant hook or peavey…

these are logging tools, used to roll logs around.

I’ve used both and have a cant hook… and though I’ve never seen one that looks just like what you’re showing, there is significant similarity.

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#3 posted 05-22-2013 08:26 PM

Hand forged Ice Hammer.

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#4 posted 05-22-2013 08:27 PM

Dave beat me by 20 seconds

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#5 posted 05-22-2013 09:37 PM

Proctologist probe

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#6 posted 05-22-2013 09:46 PM


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#7 posted 05-22-2013 10:12 PM

Looks like a pickaroon( not sure of the spelling) a log pick and pike combination. Strike the pick into the end to pull the log. The pike end was usually to push a floating log. A peevy pike has a usually straight spike on the end with a fixed curved hook which can be barbed front or front and back, for pushing and pulling. A peevy hook has a straight spike with a curved hinged hook. and a cant hook has a jaw or gripper tooth on the end with a hinged curved hook. All used to position logs.

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#8 posted 05-22-2013 10:20 PM

Forged Gifford Pike Pole used on the rivers for moving logs around.

Brad, check this link:

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#9 posted 05-22-2013 11:35 PM

I vote for pike pole as well, for river driving logs. Here they are prying logs off of a rock in Idaho.

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#10 posted 05-24-2013 02:12 AM

Thank you one and all!

Well I’ll be. Andy, your link includes a picture that is the spitting image of my tool.

I had a feeling it had to do with logging, but I thought it was used on land. Apparently it was designed for moving logs in rivers and ponds.

Or for ice harvesting—the pike end of the visible tool looks similar to mine. The handles for these implements were 12 to 16 feet long according to this source ( Don’t those guys look like they love their job?

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#11 posted 05-24-2013 02:20 AM

Brad—With all the stuff I learn on LJs, I should be earning some kind of educational credits. Alas, I guess the knowledge is its own reward! And to think that when I first joined LJs over a year ago, I didn’t even visit the forums. No telling how much smarter I’d be now . . .

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#12 posted 05-24-2013 03:04 AM

Too easy. That is a Viking rounding-up-piglets-stick.

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#13 posted 05-24-2013 03:27 AM

Don, the collective expertise, wisdom,knowledge and generosity of the LJs on this site never ceases to amaze me. Ask and ye shall receive. You’ll also see the strangest pictures, pictures of East Coasters buried under snow and burning cars that LJs just happened upon in their neighborhoods.

RedSled, didn’t see that implement in the tv series The Vikings yet, but there’s always next season.

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#14 posted 05-27-2013 12:48 PM

Found a listing for new Pickaroons at Product # KYN63N5PIKRN $61.75 with free shipping, We can all have one! On my other post I didn’t say, but he handle length is the difference between a pickaroon and a peevy pike. A pike is a long pole. By the way Brad if you ever see a one man saw that the rakers are cut out of, it was prob. done to use it as an ice saw. The only difference in the two is how the handle mounts and the rakers. Your picture reminded me of that.

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#15 posted 05-27-2013 03:11 PM

Now there’s a tool that does both jobs—country and western. On the ice in the winter, on the pond the rest of the year. Stanley probably made it and called it the “Stanley Do-All.”

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