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DesBrisay Museum

Yoke, Animal


Accession number: M.111
Object type: Double Head Ox
Date: August 2 1984
Materials: VARNISHED WOOD
Measurements: 124 cm L
Subject: ANIMALS, OXEN, PEOPLE, GORDON LOHNES
Narrative: GORDON LOHNES MADE A NUMBER (UP TO 3) YOKES FOR THE DESBRISAY MUSEUM RESEARCH OF "THE OX IN NOVA SCOTIA" EXHIBIT (1984). PHOTO ESSAYS (1 B&W / 1 SLIDES) WERE CREATED, AND PHOTOGRAPHED BY PETER BARSS, RECORDING THE PROCESS.

Gordon Foster Lohnes was born in Upper Northfield, Lunenburg County, N.S. in 1930, the son of Foster and Florence (Bolivar) Lohnes.  Married to Doris Slauenwhite and had two children Carolyn and Clayton.  Gordon was passionate about oxen and worked with them for more than 70 years, as well as making ox yokes. He was involved with the South Shore Exhibition for many years.   Gordon Lohnes died 2 January 2020, at age 90. Burial in Hillside Cemetery, Upper Northfield, N.S.
Description: NATURAL WOOD DOUBLE HEAD OX YOKE MADE BY GORDON LOHNES..  TWO ROUND PEGS AT TOP FOR ATTACHING STRAPS.  TWO GROOVES CUT OUT OF WOOD.
History of Use: USED FOR JOINING A PAIR OF OXEN. MADE BY GORDON LOHNES DURING SEPT. 2, 1984 DEMONSTRATION AT DESBRISAY MUSEUM. TOOK 2 HOURS USING HAND TOOLS ONLY.