Huey the Amish spears are based on the turned weighted center design perfected by MN spear makers Dillo Hinnenkamp, Joe June and W. Pimple. Contemporaries include spears made by Jeremy Kraemer, Lee Moening and the Amish spear you have.
I have a little time tonight so in my edit I am adding a few pictures of examples from my photo album:
Brainerd Spear by L. Gustas:
J. Kraemer Spears:
L. Moening Spear:
Stiff's Spear, unknown maker, but an awesome spear!
Misc. Spears on the judging table from Perham:
One thing for certain is that well crafted spears are functional pieces of folk art that are fun to collect, learn about and use.
The handle on my Pimple spear was a little loose due to the wood drying out over the years. I picked the spear up from a local decoy carver who actually knew Pimple having grown up in the same community and working on his farmstead. He said many folks are still using Pimple spears in central MN and suggested that if I wanted to try it I should simply soak the handle in a little water to tightened it up. I replaced the old rope, soaked it and took it out for a few trips to the dark house. It has functioned as perfectly as I had expected it to. The whole experience made me ponder the spear's previous owners and all the trips to the dark house they may have employed the old spear for.