Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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bark stripper
  • Northwest Coast peoples
  • bark stripper, late 1800s–early 1900s
  • Where object was made: United States or British Columbia, Canada
  • wood, metal, carving
  • Object Length/Width/Depth: 53 x 37.5 x 11 cm
    Object Length/Width/Depth: 20 7/8 x 14 3/4 x 4 5/16 in
  • Source unknown
  • Not on display
  • 2007.6159

The wooden tool has a rectangular element and two thin wooden strips nailed at one end, forming a triangle. There is a smaller wooden rectangle nailed midway up the triangle. One side of the triangle has a square notch cut out. There is a strip of bark passing from outside the triangle through the notch into the triangle and exiting the point of the triangle.

It is a natural wood color.