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Rutter spade carving
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No: 450   Contributor: Heritage North   Year: 2009
Rutter spade carving

Carving, by Sandy Robertson, of forester using a rutter or "big spade". Possibly self portrait.

Two other tools rest in the background awaiting use. Are they specialised too? What are their names and purposes?

Thanks to Sandy Robertson.
Picture added on 07 January 2009
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The three pronged tool is a "drag" used to pull away the turf when cut by the rutter.One new forest worker, when presented with the "big spade"on his first day at work, asked where the other man was to help him operate it.

Added by Pat Mc Auley on 17 February 2010.
In the Glenfinart area it was known as a hawk possibly a local name in the west.

Added by John McIntyre on 14 March 2010.
John and Pat are correct is that the pronged tool is as a drag or hawk - depending on the district. Actually, Chieftain Forge marketed is a Heuk which I have variously heard it pronounced Heuch, Hawk or Houk - depending on the regional dialect.

Added by Alexander Robertson on 22 June 2012.
The tools are a drot or drott? used for dragging the lumps the lumps of peat cut by the rutter out of the drain. The other is a bottoming shovel used to clean and level the bottom of the drain

Added by Anonymous on 21 October 2012.
The rutter came in a right or left footed version.

Added by Andy MacNicol on 21 October 2012.
In the forests of North Wales they were known as a Rutter and a Gaff

Added by Bill Jones on 31 October 2016.
I'M SEARCHING FOR A RUTTER AND A (HACK), AS WE CALLED IT. THE HACK BEING USED FOR DRAGGING THE CUT TURVES OUT OF THE DRAIN. EARLIER CALLS FOR HELP HAVE YIELDED NEG RESPONSE

Added by J.A.HISLOP on 28 November 2017.
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