Collecting Axes and Antique Hatchets

Collection of antique hatchets and vintage axes shows varied use of simple but essential farm tools.

This hatchet, manufactured by Plumb, was known as a vegetable hatchet (or crating hatchet). “It was used to make wooden crates,” says David Johnson. “They’d saw the lumber thin for side slats. If it was good lumber, you could get four 2-inch slats out of an 8-inch board.” The notches on the hatchet’s head were used to pull nails.