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Accession # SRM1979-30.21

Raft auger

19th century


Raft augers were used to help make river rafts. The raft augers were very large, around five feet tall, which allowed a lumberman to be able to stand while boring a hole in a log. However, only the most skilled experts could bore holes in a log while it was in the river. Rafts were made out of a series of cut logs held together that floated downstream to a sawmill. A large raft auger could bore holes near the ends of logs which were arranged side by side and nailed together with wooden pegs.




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