Shredder or chopper, formed out of a flat piece of yew wood, roughly butterfly- shaped with two wings, expanded at either end; the handle, with hole for the fingers and inset area for the palm, and raised edge at the top, is decorated with knife work. The chopper, for preparing bark for textiles and other purposes, is much used, well patinated, with substantial cracks in both wings and in the handle. The chopping edge was probably sharpened before collection.
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