Enormous 8 lb English hewing axe, marked "A.Meed" and dated 1899. This old hand forged relic was found in New Hampshire where it had been tucked away in a barn for the better part of the last century. It was acquired, stripped of 100 years worth of rust and gunk using an electrolysis bath and plenty of elbow grease on a wire wheel. Choosing not to grind away the surface imperfections and strike marks, the age and history of this piece just drips cool! How many beams were squared up for barn construction back east? Are those barns still standing all these years later?
Re-hung in Quebec by Boletus Trinity on a custom Germanic styled 32" white ash haft. Hand scraped and sanded until it had a certain "feel," the handle was then decorated by blackening the top 2/3 using a torch. The double snap hand stained and waxed leather sheath was also fabricated while north of the border at Emile's shop.
Spanning 3 centuries, and 3 different nations now... this impressive axe took a razor sharp edge and is ready to either get back to work, or simply stand sentinel in an office as a reminder of what it took for past generations to literally forge and build nations.