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Jeremy Blohm

Antique alaskan ulu's

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20180125_141716.jpgPicked these up for $12 off of an online auction.

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I will get detailed pictures of each one before and after cleaning them up a bit.

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I don't want to rain on your parade, and it maybe that I am wrong, but I don't think those are Ulu's.  I believe that those are western made veggie choppers, made anywhere from about 1850 to the 1950's.  I found this picture online with an "antique vegetable chopper" image search

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The forms are similar, though Ulu generally have sharp corners.  These are the more common forms, including one made of slate.

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This is just my .02

 

Geoff

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You guys know better than me! I would edit the title but I don't know how.:D

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Would a soak in white viniger work good to clean them up?

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They were listed as  ulu and veggie choppers on the site! Forgot about that till I just looked at the papers.

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I don't know that I would do anything to them.  Carbon steel has that look and I like it.  The bottom one is pretty cool, give the handle some olive oil and put it to work.  My Mom had a wooden bowl with the same curve as a chopper just like that, you could make slaw as fast as a food processor.

 

Geoff

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Gives me a reason to turn a bowl on the lathe.

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8565947A-E605-4BD9-8527-DB2DB9B7E85E.jpeghere’s one that my Alaskan friend uses- Caribou antler handle

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I friend of mine just went on vacation to the North of the World  (from Italy) and in a flea market he purchased a couple of those in the first picture of the thread. Exactly like those. The natuves called them Ulu. Probably they used to make different kinds of those tools depending on the use...

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