1970.80.25 | Pike pole

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Pike pole
1900, 20th century
293.4 cm
Gift of W.A. Stackhouse
This artefact belongs to: © New Brunswick Museum
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Keys to History

Together with the peavey, the pike pole was the most common tool on the river drive. It was used for guiding free-floating logs at the deep-water stage and at the booming grounds. These poles ranged from three to four meters in length and had a pike at one end for prodding logs in the water.

Source : All in a Day's Work: Lumbering in New Brunswick [Web tour], by New Brunswick Museum (see Links)

  • What

    Poles were made from seasoned black spruce or ash and had an iron pike at one end.

  • Where

    Pike poles are not unique to New Brunswick, but were used throughout Canada during the spring log drives.

  • When

    This pole dates from 1900.

  • Who

    In the early years, lumber camps employed 12- to 15-year-old boys, who were kept on when the camps closed to make poles for next year's drive.