Collecting Axes and Antique Hatchets

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

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David’s show display of hatchets and axes. The panel at left shows shingle and lathe hatchets (and at the extreme lower right, a shingle-splitting froe believed to be at least 200 years old). The center display features axes. From the top: a double-bitted axe, two Hudson Bay axes, a barn axe, ice axe and others. At the bottom, a west coast felling axe and a broadaxe, used to hew square beams from logs. The display at right consists of axe and hatchet heads found with missing or bad handles.