A shovel with a small, spoon-shaped head and a 6 foot long wooden handle hanging on the wall of a wheelwright shop exhibit at the Northwest Carriage Museum.Aside from our incredible collection of horse-drawn vehicles, we have so many other fascinating artifacts to look at in the museum.  Here is a “pole” or “spoon” shovel hanging in our Wheelwright/Blacksmith shop. These shovels were commonly used in the early 20th century (1910 to 1940) for digging telephone/power poles. They were replaced with electric augers or power digging machines. Some handles were over 10 feet long. These long spoon shovels were used by 10 to 12 man crews along with spades (pointed shovels) and steel bars to dig deep power pole holes.