Where Have All the Axes Gone?

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Hugh Crawford, professor in the School of Literature, Media, and Communication, published an article in The Atlantic about the transformation of lumberjacks and axes in America.

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Last year was, by some accounts, the year of the lumbersexual—big beard, big plaid, big boots. Although not measured by time spent in the woods, the look’s ultimate accessory would have to be an axe.

The story of the modern axe is the story of the American felling axe. Colonists arrived with European patterns—trade axes with narrow polls and bits that curved gracefully from eye to heel. They were effective on much of the timber cut across Europe but were ultimately inadequate for the vast forests and enormous trees the settlers encountered.

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Ivan Allen College of Liberal Arts, School of Literature, Media, and Communication

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  • Created On: Aug 27, 2015 - 11:21am
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