Wool Beater

About this object

History of use

Made for beating diatomaceous clay and feathers into fibres for Salish blankets. Beaters are also used to process the inner bark of the cedar tree, prior to its use in weaving textiles and articles of clothing, but these are smaller and more compact in shape.

Narrative

This tool was made at the Museum of Anthropology according to the ledger. It was modelled after an object in a Seattle, Washington Museum.

Cultural context

weaving; plant technology

Physical description

Wooden wool beater with a long blade, which curves upwards at the pointed end. The hand-grip is inset from the blade and has a wider square-shaped knob at its end. One surface of the blade is stained a dark red-brown colour, but the majority of the wood is a yellowish brown colour. The edges are rough.