In the logging industry the log end contains “end marks”. This refers to the markings made at the ends of the logs to determine their ownership. The tool used to create these markings is called the stamp hammer. This way to identify the owner of logs was used in Michigan as early as 1842 to ensure logs went to the correct mill and the correct log owner received the profits. Every log owner had their own authorized marking and it was illegal to either change or destroy this marking. Unmarked logs were considered “prizes” and could be divided among the different owners in a region. Many of these markings did not survive, in this case though, the Museum acquired these log ends that were found and were likely cut off and then the logs stolen.
Science Tuesday: Grand River Watershed (March 2017) Science Tuesdays is an ongoing educational experience, offering science programming based on changing themes each month. Science Tuesdays take place throughout the day on Tuesdays at the Museum and include a variety of activities and interactive displays.