Vintage French rustic wooden primitive scrubbed dairy or laundry paddle

$32.43

Shipping to United States: $39.14

A delightfully rustic handmade vintage dairy or laundry paddle. These items are great when repurposed for serving cheeses and bread or other hors d'oevres.
This farmhouse kitchen implement would probably have been used for beating the laundry in the stream or lavoir to get the washing clean. Other uses might be in the dairy for stirring and skimming the cream.
The item was made in primitive fashion in the workshops at the farm where is was used, traditionally on a French farm everything the family needed was handmade from materials sourced from the land.
The construction is simple and primitive, carved from a single piece of timber which is probably beech or sycamore. The item retains the adze and saw marks from when it was constructed many decades in the past.
I have included a postcard showing a laundry paddle, image from Pinterest, credit collection-jfm.fr
This item is in reasonable condition, there are some signs of usage and wear, which is great patination, and slight splits opening in the paddle due to scrubbing. The item has not been treated with chemicals, so it can be used for food prep in your kitchen, any concerns about hygiene can be simply addressed by boiling the article in a large pan or kettle.
Size approx Length 33cm, width 15cm, depth 2cm.

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