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No need to be peeved over the peavey! It’s from Maine!

I knew the answer to today’s DownEast.com trivia question because we had one or two of these tools around the garage while I was growing up. Um, of course, our peaveys were normal-sized, not giant-sized.

What is that strange-looking implement held by Bangor’s Paul Bunyan statue?

Answer:

It’s a peavey, a logging tool invented by Joseph Peavey of Stillwater in the 1850s.

Here’s a bit more about the peavey tool. This is from Wikipedia, so I won’t vouch for the accuracy, but it does seem correct.

A peavey or peavey hook is a logging tool consisting of a handle, generally from 30 to 50 inches long (0.75 to 1.25 m), with a metal spike protruding from the end. The spike is rammed into a log, then a hook (at the end of an arm attached to a pivot a short distance up the handle) grabs the log at a second location. Once engaged, the handle gives the operator leverage to roll or slide or float the log to a new position.

The peavey was named for blacksmith Joseph Peavey of Stillwater, Maine, who invented the tool as a refinement to the Cant Hook (also known as a cant dog) in the 1850s. Many lumberjacks use the terms interchangeably, though a peavey will have a spike in the end of the handle, and a cant dog will have a blunt end or possibly small teeth for friction.[1]

The Peavey Manufacturing Co. is still located in Maine and manufactures several variations.

The entry has a line drawing of a logger using he peavey so here’s a link to the entry about the peavey tool.

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They sure grow tall in the Great North Woods of Maine

Maine is one of the supposed birthplaces of Paul Bunyan. And to mark that wonderful piece of Maine history, there is a statue of the woodsman in Bangor. Here’s today’s DownEast.com trivia question.

 How tall is the Paul Bunyan statue in Bangor?

Answer:

The legendary (and mythical) woodsman’s statue in Bass Park stands thirty-one feet high.