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#1697651 - 01/12/09 05:57 PM
Spear pic + ?
Huey Offline
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Does this type of spear look familiar to anyone? Early Riser?

It's from the Park Rapids area and at least 50 yrs old.

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#1697828 - 01/12/09 07:14 PM
Re: Spear pic + ? [Re: Huey]
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i have seen a few of them before! There built like rocks!

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#1697832 - 01/12/09 07:16 PM
Re: Spear pic + ? [Re: Huey]
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Does it have a "notch" in the other end? I think it might be a Brainerd spear if I am not mistaken. I am not 100% sure of the name. They are real nice. I have the one that belonged to my grandfather. They are worth something.
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#1697930 - 01/12/09 07:49 PM
Re: Spear pic + ? [Re: candiru]
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Yes, there's a notch where you tie the rope.
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#1698019 - 01/12/09 08:13 PM
Re: Spear pic + ? [Re: Huey]
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Sure enough it does look like a Brainerd spear by L. Gustus. They are worth about 100 to 150 dollars.
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#1698031 - 01/12/09 08:16 PM
Re: Spear pic + ? [Re: Huey]
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I did some looking, it is a Brainerd spear made by Louis Gustis. 1887-1974 I believe it is worth at least a couple of hundred bucks.
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#1698163 - 01/12/09 08:54 PM
Re: Spear pic + ? [Re: candiru]
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What is the deal with this spear?? You find it Huey?

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#1698224 - 01/12/09 09:28 PM
Re: Spear pic + ? [Re: Central Bassman]
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Thanks for the info guys.

The spear belongs to my father-in-law. I noticed it last summer hanging on a wall in his garage. It was behind a bunch of stuff. Anyways, the garage got cleaned up this fall to make room for cars in the winter. I was able to get a close look at the spear and take a picture on my way to LOTW. He got it used from a neighbor about 50 years ago.

What is a "Brainerd spear" ? This might sound like a dumb question, was L. Gustis from Brainerd or is that a style of spear?
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#1698368 - 01/13/09 03:44 AM
Re: Spear pic + ? [Re: Huey]
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The information I have is from a reference book on spears by Marcel Salive called "Ice Fishing Spears." This book is loaded with information about many of the old spear makers from MN, MI and other places.

Candiru and I were both wrong on the spelling. According to Salive, Louis Gustas was a blacksmith that made the spears for the Foley harware store in Brainerd. When Mr Gustas stoped making his spears, Mr Foley found another local blacksmith named Clarence Thomas to make a wire tine version of the spear.

I bought one of these spears about 3 years ago for 100 dollars. Someone usually has one for sale at the bigger decoy shows. Their value is likely going up. After a little field testing with mine I determined that the Gustas spears are very well made and solid. They drop and throw straight. The barb work also does a very good job of holding fish.
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#1698460 - 01/13/09 06:43 AM
Re: Spear pic + ? [Re: Early Riser]
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That is the same spear I use. I got it from my grandfather about 25 years ago. Helped him shingle his house. He gave me a spearhouse and the spear.

It is a great spear.
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#1699040 - 01/13/09 10:55 AM
Re: Spear pic + ? [Re: cherokee]
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Thanks again for the info.

If I remember right, somoeone posted that the design of the Amish spears are based old Brainerd spears. I use an Amish spear. It's kind of neat to think that my spear is based on the spear my father-in-law used as a kid. I'm a newbie from a non-spearing family , but now I have my own sort of spearing tradition.
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#1699663 - 01/13/09 02:59 PM
Re: Spear pic + ? [Re: Huey]
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Huey the Amish spears are based on the turned weighted center design perfected by MN spear makers Dillo Hinnenkamp, Joe June and W. Pimple. Contemporaries include spears made by Jeremy Kraemer, Lee Moening and the Amish spear you have.

I have a little time tonight so in my edit I am adding a few pictures of examples from my photo album:

Brainerd Spear by L. Gustas:



Pimple Spear:


J. Kraemer Spears:




L. Moening Spear:


Stiff's Spear, unknown maker, but an awesome spear!



Misc. Spears on the judging table from Perham:



One thing for certain is that well crafted spears are functional pieces of folk art that are fun to collect, learn about and use.

The handle on my Pimple spear was a little loose due to the wood drying out over the years. I picked the spear up from a local decoy carver who actually knew Pimple having grown up in the same community and working on his farmstead. He said many folks are still using Pimple spears in central MN and suggested that if I wanted to try it I should simply soak the handle in a little water to tightened it up. I replaced the old rope, soaked it and took it out for a few trips to the dark house. It has functioned as perfectly as I had expected it to. The whole experience made me ponder the spear's previous owners and all the trips to the dark house they may have employed the old spear for.


Edited by Early Riser (01/13/09 05:53 PM)
Edit Reason: added content
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#1699990 - 01/13/09 05:16 PM
Re: Spear pic + ? [Re: Early Riser]
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whoops...
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#1700316 - 01/13/09 07:17 PM
Re: Spear pic + ? [Re: Early Riser]
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nice collection EarlyRiser. could you tell me what the overall witdh is of the spear and what ther distance between the tines are. just out of curiousity
and I like the yellow and red decoy in stiff's photo I had one like that but its now at the bottom of Big Lake oopps I would like to find another one like it.


Edited by elwood (01/13/09 07:20 PM)
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#1700384 - 01/13/09 07:47 PM
Re: Spear pic + ? [Re: Gordie]
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Which spear are you interested in specifications for Elwood?
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#1700853 - 01/14/09 05:48 AM
Re: Spear pic + ? [Re: Early Riser]
Gordie Offline

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sorry about that. It would be the Brainerd spear by Gustas
thanks
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#1701080 - 01/14/09 07:55 AM
Re: Spear pic + ? [Re: Gordie]
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that spear looks very long. how long is it!

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#1702314 - 01/14/09 05:17 PM
Re: Spear pic + ? [Re: Gordie]
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Elwood, the Brainerd spear is 55" long. The outside tine spread is 7.75". The space between the tines, center to center is 1.25".

Kraemer spears are about 60" long BnS.
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#1702779 - 01/14/09 08:19 PM
Re: Spear pic + ? [Re: Early Riser]
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Thanks EarlyRiser in the pic it looks so much bigger than that.
I like that spear I also assume that it is a forged spear being that Gustas was a blacksmith. I'd like to try and learn that art of blacksmithing someday.
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