Bark Spud, ca. 1650

Contributed by Davistown Museum


An essential component in the tool kit of the early settlers of the Davistown Plantation or elsewhere.

Other essential tools were the axe, adze, frame saw and bowie knife.

Size: 10 1/4" to the end of the socket.

A bark spud (also called a peeling iron) was used to separate the bark from the wood after a tree had been girdled and sliced with a hatchet.

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About This Item

  • Title: Bark Spud, ca. 1650
  • Creation Date: circa 1650
  • Subject Date: circa 1650
  • Media: Forged iron
  • Local Code: TAB1005
  • Collection: Historic Maritime I (1620-1675): The First Colonial Dominion
  • Object Type: Physical Object

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Davistown Museum
PO Box 346, 58 Main Street #4, Liberty, ME 04949
(207) 288-5126

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