Double End Pry Bar


This is a double end pry bar designed to pull out nails and for light demolition. The length has a flat shape, one end has a slight curve that is tapered and slotted and the other end is shaped like the claw portion of a common hammer. It was used by Jillian Gross while working for Habitat for Humanity, a not-for-profit, non-government organization advocating affordable housing around the world.

When Hurricane Katrina struck the Gulf Coast in August 2005, Jillian Gross had worked with Habitat for Humanity for three years learning woodworking and house-building skills. Groups such as Habitat for Humanity marshaled volunteers, tools and lumber to step in when it became clear that normal avenues of housing assistance were overwhelmed.

In November 2005, Habitat for Humanity launched “America Builds on the National Mall,” a demonstration house-building marathon in Washington, D.C. in which the basic components of 51 homes were assembled within a week and shipped to the Gulf Coast. Upon completion of the project Ms. Gross, one of the house building leaders during this event, donated her tool belt, tools and protective wear to the Smithsonian Institution.

Date Made: 1998-2005

Location: Currently not on view

Associated Place: United States: Louisiana, New Orleans

Related Event: Hurricane KatrinaAmerica Builds on the National Mall


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Credit Line: Gift of Jillian Gross

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: 2005.0276.11Catalog Number: 2005.0276.11Accession Number: 2005.0276

Object Name: Nail Puller

Physical Description: steel (overall material)Measurements: overall: 10 in x 5 1/4 in x 1 3/4 in; 25.4 cm x 13.335 cm x 4.445 cm


Record Id: nmah_1322972

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