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The farmer who owned this hollowed-out section of a sycamore tree may have used it to hold grain and other farm products. It might also have been used to hold the ashes from which lye was extracted to make soap. A board nailed across one end kept the contents inside. The maker saved money by fashioning this crude receptacle instead of buying a coopered barrel.
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