I am not sure I could live without my axe. It is probably the most versatile tool on my farm.
One thing my wife and I use an axe for is cutting the frozen outside layer on our big round haybales. I don't store them under cover and they get snow on them and freeze. e axe blows right through frozen hay, but no unfrozen hay underneath. That means it cuts only the yucky stuff off and we are down to good hay in seconds flat. It took me a long time to learn that trick.
Out in the woods I use a chainsaw, but in the toolbox of my bulldozer, I always have an axe. It has gotten me out of more binds. A lot of times instead of grabbing my saw to knock off a few missed limbs, I just grab the axe, run down to the limbs, knock them off and am going again without having to mess with a heavy saw.
Inside my house, wanting to have true hand hewn beams, but not having a broad axe, I hewed out 7 long 8 x 8 beams using an axe and it was surprisingly quick.
I am surprised he did not say anything about the handles. I know the old duffers around here scoffed at store bought handles, their axes were fitted with very thin, custom made handles so that had "spring to them". They were also made just for the logger. A man was once accused of killing another logger with an axe but he was acquitted because the axe in question did not fit him. As the man said, "that axe is not hung for me", the term they called custom fitting an axe.
I have often wondered if there would be any market for hand cut wood. I know a lot of woodworkers use only hand tools in making furniture, but at one point that wood was cut with chainsaw, skidder and sawmills. I always wondered if a niche market could be derived from 100% hand made wood. Felling the tree with an axe and cross cut saw, pulling the log out with a horse or ox, pit sawing the log into boards, and hand planing it. A lot of work for sure, but no one else is doing it.
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