Amish Painted Wooden Paddle

I came across this wooden painted paddle. The note from the sellers mentions the following:

There is a Small local Amish Community that has been around Washara County for MANY years. How long Im not sure. This was purchased in Wautoma and the age is unknown. My guess is the late 1960s or early 1970s. The wood is pine probably White pine, a soft local wood that grows huge here!

This is s good example of a punishment  paddle! It is wide enough to not really leave a cut or scar but probably got the message across! I think these have been out of style since the late 1960s when spanking went out of fashion for main stream Americans! I certainly have not seen anything quite like this at any Amish sales lately. There are some baking boards but they are usually tapered at the ends.

 

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