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Men were usually the woodworkers among Algonquian Native American groups in what is now New England. This gouge's size shows that it was probably used in large woodworking projects, such as making a dugout canoe. These canoes were often made of hollowed-out pine logs. The center was burnt and the charcoal was scraped out with gouges like this one. Smaller gouges would have been used for projects like making bowls for food.