Pioneer Tools and Things They Took, Continued
|This tool is called a sausage grinder. They put ground meat and other spices into the top and used the tool to mush the meat into the intestines that are attached to the hole in the bottom of the grinder.|
|The pioneers called this the two person saw. It was used to saw through fallen trees that the usual saws or axes could not handle.|
|The tools you see in this picture are called carding combs. They were used to get wool or cotton fibers straight and brushed out so you could put the thread onto spools.|
|The spinning wheel is a tool some people still use today. It is used to change wool into yarn and put the yarn onto spools. Pioneers couldn't pack too many clothes or wash too often so they had to make their own thread, cloth, and clothes. Since they were starting new towns, they couldn't just go to a shop and buy new clothes when they needed them.|
|Pioneers had to store up precious water for use on the trail, since there was not always a nearby stream. The barrel was used to keep the water stored clean and safe.|
|This particular quilt is known as the "Star of Texas" design. The pioneers had to make quilts so they would not be cold while they slept, but many of the quilts were so beautiful, they could be used for decoration, too.|
|This is a Tennessee Kidney Basket. Baskets were made from many materials including straw. Although it looks like hard work to make this by hand, the pioneers did it regularly.|
|Much like a car of today, a wagon needed a spare tire or wheel. If a wheel broke and could be fixed, it would be, but some broken wheels could not be fixed. In this case, pioneers would be joyous over an extra wheel.|
|Like the basket, the trunk is used to store objects while the pioneers were traveling with the wagon train. Once they built their new homes, the trunk had one advantage; it could be locked to prevent theft.|
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