This hoe has a carved wooden handle affixed to a stone blade with some sort of fiber wrapping. The whole implement is painted a gray color with decorative bands in tan and white around the handle and blade.;This object is significant because it is part of Steele Taylor's collection, acquired over a lifetime of world travel.;This hoe is part of a group of objects that Steele Taylor acquired on his travels around the world.
Wood, Flint, Fibers, Paint
21" h 11" w 2" d
Current Location Status:
Gift Of Taylor, Steele A.
Taylor, Steele A.Steele Taylor is a New Jersey native and a World War II Navy veteran. In 1948, after earning a degree in economics from Williams College in Winston, Massachusetts, he accepted a job offer from Dohler-Jarvis in Grand Rapids. In 1960 he moved to Grand Rapids Steel and was part owner and president when he retired in 1985. He has served on many boards throughout his career, such as the Mary Free Bed Hospital, Aquinas Emeritus Center, various Hospice boards and former member and president of the Art and Museum Board. Steele and his wife Mary are consummate world travelers and their collection is a testament to their travels. Artifacts donated by Steele are exceptional resources, representing various regions of the world. He has also donated an extensive collection of pewter items to the Grand Rapids Public Museum. His pewter collection can be seen on display in the Museum's "P is for Pewter" as part of the A-Z exhibit