As usual, there were some inspired submissions, but in this case the pun was mightier than the splitting maul and we proudly announce that The Educational Tour Marm had the winning caption.
Well done, and thanks to all who participated. Even as we speak, the bevy of archivists we employ here at Walking the Berkshires are delving deep into the ancestral files to find a suitable image for the 10th Caption Contest, whenever that may be.
The father and son duo are my grandfather, Robert H. Barker, and my Uncle Rob. The actual caption on the back of the photo says it was taken in 1953 and that they were making a boat mooring (with the mother of all winter sticks, if that pole Rob is sitting on had any part in their designs) The claw hammer and splitting wedge are doubtless still in the garage or under the Big House at Windrock, as I am certain I have seen them or their doubles there. The stump had a vine Euonymus (Euonymus fortunei var.radicans) planted to hide it soon after this photograph was taken, and for decades it was a massive shrub pruned by deer and only felled (by me) a few years ago when we moved the old pump house next to the garage during the renovation of the Little House. The basketball hoop was festooned with bird feeders for as long as I can remember and suspends one end of the clothesline where beach towels flap in the wind all summer.