A large wooden post maul. The maul has a heavy wooden head with two iron bands around it. The handle appears to be more modern than the head and has had a large staple hammered into one end to help attach it to the head. The head is badly worn on both ends and on the sides.
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Wooden post mauls, which may look like fairground sledgehammers to the uninitiated, were used to drive wedges into logs to split wood for fence posts and battens.
This post maul belonged to Duncan Kitchin, who emigrated to Taranaki in 1937 to work for Guy Bell. It was used as they cleared and tracked farms across the region.
While the handle is undoubtedly a modern replacement the wear on the head shows it has taken many years of punishment on all sides.