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Title: Froe
Identifier: X964.100.144
Donor: Unknown
Item Date: 1880-1930
Creation Date: 2011
Location: Bradley Museum

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Description: Wooden froe with a heavy metal blade. The handle appears to have been a branch that had been carved to fit the blade, as the blade has a slot to fit the handle. The blade is slightly thicker around the handle.

The froe is used for splitting wood along the grain for shingles, or barrels. It works by hammering the blade into the end of a piece of wood along the grain and then twisting the handle. The handle acts as a lever that applies enough force to split the wood, so that little force is required by the person using the froe. The froe was commonly used by colonial settlers in America for splitting wood for making homes. For more information, see: _
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