Cultural Objects, Tools
PeopleMaker/Creator: Bethel Martin Vaughn
PlacesBurks Fork (Burks Fork District)
- Length: 10 1/2 inches
- Width of knot: 6 inches
This wooden maul is formed from a tree burl. The maul head and its short handle grew as one piece. The handle is flattened and part of it may have split off over time.
Keywordsmaul, knot maul, burl maul, wooden sledge
Bethel Martin Vaughn (1889-1959) married Laura Emma Harris. They lived and farmed land on Burks Fork near the Vaughn-Dunn Woolen Mill, which was started by his grandfather Wilson T. Vaughn.
Burls are natural growths that form on trees due to an environmental stress or from bacterial, fungal, or insect attacks. Because of the way the resulting wood grain swirls around the bud traces, burl wood is very hard and has long been used for mauls and hammers.