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Object ID # 1956.027.003
Object Name Tool, Maple Sugaring
Title Gouge for Tapping Maple Trees for Sap
Lexicon category 4: T&E For Materials
Date 19th-century
Made Unknown
Place of Origin Canada?
Description Iron gouge with a round tang, splayed squarish bowl and sharp edge.
Provenance Unknown. Last owned by Margaret Young (neƩ Currie).
Collection Maple Sugaring Equipment Collection
Material Iron
Dimensions W-5.5 L-21.4 cm
Found Grey County, Ontario
People Young, Margaret
Function Iron maple sugaring gouge used for tapping maple trees for sap, sometimes called a "bowl gouge". The gouge would be driven into the tree on an angle with a maul or similar pounding tool so that one could insert a wooden spile or slat of wood, allowing the sap to drip off and be caught in a sap bucket or container below, which would later be collected.