Interesting Paddles

by Jacki
(Grand Forks, B.C. Canada)

Paddle shaped objects

Paddle shaped objects

I came into ownership of these two obviously handmade paddle type objects when cleaning up a house after the owner died.

They are both unique, and hand carved out of some kind of fruit wood. As there are a lot of Doukhabour people in the area, and this estate was owned by a descendant of them I wondered if it was possible that they were some tool for making felt, or other fiber art.

Doukhabours are self contained and self sufficient, as well as having some incredibly intricate crafts such as embroidery and lace making, crocheting and knitting that they have used for making their own clothing and household items.

These paddle shaped items have me puzzled, and the felt making option keeps entering my mind as a possible use for these.

I'll have to ask some of the old timers around here if they have an idea of what they would have been used for.

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Nov 30, 2011
How does this sound?
by: Anonymous

It's been so long since I've seen something like this...I'm trying to remember the exact use. It seems to me they're used for marking fabric for pleating, ruffling or ruching.
I'll have to run this thing to ground now.

Dec 02, 2011
Pleating, maybe?
by: Jacki

I can see them being used for pleating in preparation for smocking? That would make sense. These are pretty big, though and maybe that doesn't show in the picture - the total length is about 18" or more (45cm) and the width of the bigger one is about 4" (10cm).

Aug 02, 2013
Unusual Paddle
by: Anonymous

They are a type of washing board...

Oct 31, 2013
by: Anonymous

My father used them in wine/vinegar making - for what part of the process not sure. I am asking other family.

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