What Is It? March 2022

Thank you to Unique Treasures of Wheat Ridge for our March What Is It. (Sad to say we had no correct answers this month.) This object was used to send the logs down river in the logging industry. It is a vintage forged grappling hook or chain link. 

Log driving is a means of moving logs (sawn tree trunks) from a forest to sawmills and pulp mills downstream using the current of a river. River logging was primarily a winter business. Only when the swampy ground had frozen over and ice covered the roads could logs be handled with minimum expense. The crew went into the woods in September and established a camp at a spot convenient to the area marked for logging. 

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