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Why was this tool vital to local timber industry?

2014-07-02 - CM 7 County area: Adair, Casey, Cumberland, Green, Metcalfe, Russell or Cumberland Counties, KY - Photo by Ed Waggener. What is it? What is it's use. In another quite different form, tools which come under this one's broad general name are fairly common. This one seems to be quite rare. A hint is that it was once essential to the timber industry. Send comments using the comments button with this photo or any Contact/Submit button. (The item is the top piece of the large item in the lower right. - CM
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