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Buttermold prints or stamps were used in the early pioneer days to
impress a raised design on a pound or half-pound pat of butter. The
Buttermolds were generally turned by hand from semi-hard wood
and then carved. Home-made examples were whittled from poplar.
Some of these molds date as far back as the 1750's.
More easily found today are the round molds, fitted with a circular
plunger at the end. Butter was packed into the mold with a wooden
paddle and then ejected by the plunger, which automatically left the
impression of its own carving in relief on the resultant print.
Buttermold print designs used in the Pigeon Forge area have been
collected and reproduced in clay.
THE PIGEON FORGE POTTERY
PIGEON FORGE, TENNESSEE