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dog. (lumbering) A hook or tooth-like device on a tool specifically for gripping logs or other lumber.reference 1

While the most common occurence of this nomenclature surrounds the use of a hook such as shown in Figure 1 (that of the cant hook or peavy hook), it seems as if any number of hooking, gripping, hooking, or holding devices were referred to as dogs by lumbermen. The Dictionary of American Regional English offers a wealth of quotations, each helpfully describing how that particular dog is used.reference 2 I presume that this usage arises out of the general use of dogs as latches or closing devices.

1. Moore, Sam. 2000. Cant Hook or Peavey? Rural Heritage. Winter. Accessed Aug 17 2008 from http:// logging_camp/ peavey.htm.

2. Cassidy, Frederic Gomes, and Joan Houston Hall. 1985. Dictionary of American Regional English. Cambridge, Mass.: Belknap Press of Harvard University Press. 2:202.

About the illustrations: Figure 1 shows how a lumberjack might use a dog to manipulate a log. This line drawing was donated to the Wikimedia Foundation by the publisher Pearson Scott Foresman. The publisher has released it to the public domain.

Figure 2 is a close-up of a peavy hook or dog, depending upon, who is naming it. It accompanied the article in Rural Heritage.  I believe that the use of scaled-down, low-resolution images from this article to provide critical commentary that article qualifies as fair use under United States copyright law.

see also: dog (latch); bitch hook Last updated: August 17, 2008
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