The first settlers used an assortment of hand tools to do daily tasks and chores on the homestead including chopping wood, building their home and barn, farming, and gardening.
Pickaxe, Hoe, Spade
A pickaxe, hoe, and spade (shovel) were used for digging and turning over the soil.
A wooden rake was used to level the soil.
PHOTO CREDIT: WESTERN DEVELOPMENT MUSEUM
These settlers are pictured using a wooden rake, a pitchfork, and a broom.
A flail was used to separate the seeds from the rest of the plant.
A farmer is using a flail to separate grain from the straw.