Artifact Spotlight

Spokeshave

Spokeshave

Spokeshaves were used by native Americans to shave off bark and to shape and smooth the shafts of spears. They were used by the Paleo-Indians as far back as 15,000 BC through the historic native Americans as recent as 1600 AC. According to Naturalist, Annie Holt “Small hand chipped tools, such as the spokeshave, were vital to the lively hood of these people by helping them effectively gather food.”

This Spokeshave was found at Lost River Cave and is part of the permanent collection which can be viewed by request.

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