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Physical Description:
wood (overall material)
metal (overall material)
manufactured (overall production method/technique)
Measurements:
overall: 2.4 cm x 49.5 cm x 20 cm; 15/16 in x 19 1/2 in x 7 7/8 in
Object Name:
shears, pruning - long handled
shears
Other Terms:
shears, pruning - long handled; Winemaking
Description:
Vineyard workers at Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars in California’s Napa Valley used these long-handled pruning shears (loppers) for a variety of grapevine management tasks. Tending the vines is an essential part of viticulture practice and helps ensure a good crop, the foundation for good wine. Pruning the vines controls the size of the crop by balancing shoot growth and fruit production. It also helps maintain the shape of a vine, training it to adhere to the vineyard’s trellising system. Loppers are also used for cutting away growth when new vines are grafted in the field. While machines are often used on very large vineyard tracts, workers using hand tools take care of pruning and trimming year-round on the smaller estate vineyards in Napa.
Subject:
Wine  Search this
ID Number:
1998.0181.24
Accession number:
1998.0181
Catalog number:
1998.0181.24
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Work and Industry: Food Technology
Food
FOOD: Transforming the American Table 1950-2000
Exhibition:
Food: Transforming the American Table
Exhibition Location:
National Museum of American History
Data Source:
National Museum of American History
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746b3-07eb-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmah_1300921