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The peavey is an all-purpose tool that is used for handling timber after it has been felled. It can turn logs, dislodge felled trees caught in other trees, break log jams, and push over trees. It was reputedly invented around 1870 by a blacksmith named Joseph Peavey. Peaveys like this one would have been used by the men who felled the trees that supplied John Walter’s lumber operations.

The peavey closely resembles another timber-handling tool known as the cant hook. The cant hook has the same hooked iron bar with hinge, but it does not have a spike. A log that has one or more slabs cut off is known as a cant. Cant hooks would have been used at John Walter’s lumber mill.

John Walter may have made use of either tool when building his homes and assisting in the construction of buildings such as the McDougall Methodist Church.


For More Information

John Walter Museum

9180 Walterdale Hill NW

Located at the bottom of Walterdale and Queen Elizabeth roads, on the north side of the Kinsmen Sports Centre parking lot.




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