Crooked knife, ca. 1900

Contributed by Hudson Museum, Univ. of Maine


A one-handed draw knife, the crooked knife was used to shape objects such as sticks of brown ash for baskets, ax handles, canoe ribs, gunwales and thwarts, and snowshoe frames, by slicing and shaving.

The knives, indigenous to the Northeast, also were used to hollow out wooden bowls and dishes.

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  • Title: Crooked knife, ca. 1900
  • Creation Date: circa 1900
  • Subject Date: circa 1900
  • State: ME
  • Media: Wood, metal
  • Local Code: HM 6302
  • Object Type: Physical Object

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Hudson Museum, Univ. of Maine
5746 Maine Center for the Arts, Orono, ME 04469
(207) 581-1902

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