1970.80.25 | Pike pole
1900, 20th century
Gift of W.A. Stackhouse
This artefact belongs to: © New Brunswick Museum
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)
Poles were made from seasoned black spruce or ash and had an iron pike at one end.
Pike poles are not unique to New Brunswick, but were used throughout Canada during the spring log drives.
This pole dates from 1900.
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.