Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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  • unknown Northwest Coast maker
  • beater, late 1800s–1926
  • Where object was made: United States or British Columbia, Canada
  • wood, carving, staining
  • Object Length/Width/Depth: 42 x 13.5 x 2.5 cm
    Object Length/Width/Depth: 16 1/2 x 5 5/16 x 1 in
  • Gift of George W. Reed
  • Not on display
  • 2007.5760

Narrow rectangle of wood with a cylinder running along one long edge. There are two semicircular cutouts beside the cylinder. Black.

In order to process sheared wool, it was laid out on a flat surface and saturated with melted fat or grease. It was then beat into an even mass with a tool such as this one and carded by the hands before twisting using the whorl. The resulting yarn would be woven into a blanket and the grease removed after the blanket was completed or left to melt out over time.