the ice was punched and sawn to create the perfect sized opening for
Lake Michigan, 1930, Sault
Ste. Marie Area,
it was a constant struggle to keep the opening clear.
Thin skins of ice constantly developed, obscuring the fishermen's view
causing both spears and lures to accumulate heavy weights of ice.
The decoys required delicate movements to replicate the natural actions
of the smaller fish intended to lure Pike and Muskellunge and
deposits kept the decoys from behaving in the
naturalistic ways the
length 10 inches, coat hanger wire
catches, the fishermen would careful dip the small pieces of ice
the holes with a huge variety of ingenious skimmers.
skimmers shown here were created between 1890 and 1930,
of Ice Fishing and demonstrate
the beauty and ingenuity of the form.
Lake, 1900, New York State. Length 15 inches.
Hickory handle and woven wire with brass ferrule
Skimmer, date unknown, Length 12 inches.
Bent and soldered steel wire
Michigan, 1930, Mt. Clemens Area.
Pierced tin on braided steel wire handle, length 12 inches
Michigan Cooking Utensil, probably used as an Ice Skimmer.
Date unknown, possibly 1880's
Length 16 inches, Wrought Iron and Brass
Northern Michigan. Date unknown, probably 1930.
Length 9 inches, Painted Balsa Handle, Brass Frame, Steel Mesh
City, Michigan, Eastern Upper Peninsula.
Date unknown, probably 1910.
Attributed to Lawrence
A. Miller or Clarence
Length 10 inches, Bent Steel Wire frame with attached Steel Mesh