top section of stone maul, Lil'wat
Possibly half of the maul has broken off. It was found in the general area of Guthrie's (now Hoffman's) farm possibly on H. Menzel's land or among gravel on the road. In the late 50's Mrs. Guthrie saw a young boy using the maul as a hammer she persuaded him to give it to her. [update 2019] Hand mauls are almost exclusive to the indigenous people of the southern coast. The hand maul required hard stone not prone to cracking or chipping; it was used to pound wedges into a cedar log to split off planks, as well as for other woodworking requirements. The maul was made by pecking and grinding techniques. A stone of suitable size and material was selected, pecked to the required shape, ground smooth, then polished with a piece of oiled hide. [See publication "Stone, Bone, Antler & Shell" by Hilary Stewart, 1996 - shared by Johnny Jones].
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