Basin Depot 1999-2000 - Axe
Single-bit axes were among the most common logging tools, used for felling, limbing, scoring, splitting and chopping. Somewhat safer than their double-bitted cousins, they allowed the axeman to make use of the square poll for driving gluts, wedges and stakes. They were usually hafted on a handle about 3 feet (1 m) long.
Collection: Basin Depot 1999
Period: Late 19th Century - Early 20th Century
This axe was of among the most common bush pattern, equally useful for felling and limbing trees. In a pinch it could do a good job of scoring a log that was going to be squared as a beam. Better quality steel was usually welded into the cutting edge for efficiency. This type of axe was hafted onto a handle about 3 feet (1 m) long.