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Of Cant Hooks and Peaveys

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A great photo from the early 1920s of a steam-powered Frick sawmill owned by Harold Moomaw of Sugarcreek, Ohio. Just in front of the second man from the right can be seen the handle of a cant hook used to help roll uncut logs across ramps to the sawmill carriage, as well as to turn the logs on the carriage. On that carriage can be seen a squared log, or cant, about to be sawed into boards. (Catalog No. 72, published by the Frick Company of Waynesboro, Pa., circa 1923.)