(Grand Forks, B.C. Canada)
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.