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North Highlands Community Museum

Flail, Threshing

Accession number: 2013.4.22
Date: before 1970
Materials: Wood
Measurements: 119 cm L x 3 cm Diameter
Narrative: This thrashing flail was handmade and used at John Morrison's (Middle Ridge) Cape North, Nova Scotia.
History of Use: This threshing flail would have been used to pound grains, loosening them from their chaff, or outer casing. The user would hold the longer part of the stick, swinging the shorter end. This process often took place on the threshing or winnowing floor of a barn. The grains would be winnowed, or separate from their chaff following threshing.