Perhaps members of this group would like to see some
miniature tools I made in 1995 for a "suitcase museum" that
dealt with the traditional material culture of the Ozark people.
It continued from early settlement
after The Louisiana Purchase through The Great Depression.
I made at least 150 objects for an
associate of mine to take to schools to show children objects of
their heritage that were absent in museums in Missouri. He took
a museum of miniature objects to classrooms and the children got
to see tools in miniature and learn how they were used by their
ancestors in the hills and hollows of The Ozark Highland.
Over the years lots of the little
artifacts have been lost and those in these photos are what I
have remaining. Missing are axes, a bee gum, a bark berry
basket, a salt log, blacksmithing tools, planes, and lots of
Upper left is a bench and below it
is a stool. The handled tool is a sorghum juice pusher that was
used to move the juice through a big baffled pan to make
molasses. The next object is a rake and upper right is a grain
flail. The bottom object is a livestock trough, For scale, the
rake is three inches long.
Upper left is a cornstalk cutter.
Next right is a hand scythe. There is a planting dibble in the
center and to its right is a lard squeezer used to press fat out
of cooked pork cracklings. The bottom artifact is a neck yoke to
keep cows from jumping fences.
Upper left is a froe and to its
right is a froe club. Next is a mallet and a wheel traveler.
Below that is an axe handle pattern then a sledge hammer
followed by a glut and a framing hammer.
This photo depicts household
objects. The top row, from left to right, is a boot jack, a rope
bed wrench, a tater masher, a hanger, and a gambrel stick. The
second row shows a possum board, a hay sampler, a sorghum sword,
a flax beater, and a miller's flour board. The first object in
the bottom row is a maple sap spile, a shucking peg, a
basketmaker's cleaver, a food chopper, and a bumblebee swatter.
James E. Price