The peavey is a lever for handling logs It was designed in 1858 and named after its inventor Joseph Peavey, who was a Maine blacksmith. The peavey, which is a refinement of the earlier cant hook, greatly facilitated the down river timber drive. Each peavey carries a thumblike hook near the base of its handle. It is generally about 25 cm longer than the 100 cm cant hook, and its distinctive spiked tip grips the log more securely than the iron ferrule and jutting toe of the cant hook. The peavey is still part of the logger's toolkit.
A sawmill workman at Powell River, BC, is armed with a peavey, a pole with a sharp spike that pulls the log clear of the mill carriage and on to the line rollers which then carry the log to inspection (courtesy National Film Board of Canada and Library and Archives Canada).