Nail Pry Bar

Nail Pry Bar

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Description
The short flat pry bar is for pulling nails and light work such as prying paneling or molding. Both ends are curved and slotted to easily grab and pull the nail or use as a lever to pry off material. 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.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
Pry Bar
Nail Pry Bar
Associated Name
Habitat for Humanity
Associated Place
United States: Louisiana, New Orleans
Physical Description
steel (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 13 in x 1 3/4 in x 2 3/4 in; 33.02 cm x 4.445 cm x 6.985 cm
ID Number
2005.0276.03
catalog number
2005.0276.03
accession number
2005.0276
Credit Line
Gift of Jillian Gross
Hurricane Katrina
America Builds on the National Mall
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