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Acadian House Museum

Flail, Threshing

Accession number: 2001.07.01.04
Date: before 2001
Materials: Wood; Leather
Measurements: 150 cm H
Narrative: Shorter wooden stick would be swung to separate the wheat from the chaff.
Description: One tall wooden pole is tied to a shorter wooden pole with a leather strap.
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.