Collecting Axes and Antique Hatchets

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

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.