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An Ax to Grind: A Practical Ax Manual

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Weisgerber, Bernie; Vachowski, Brian. 1999. An Ax to Grind: A Practical Ax Manual. 9923 2823P. Missoula, MT: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Missoula Technology and Development Center.

A practical and detailed handbook about axes and their historic and continuing usage. Describes types and patterns of axes and adzes, with many photos and illustrations. Shows how to hang (rehandle) and sharpen axes. Describes proper ax usage for tree felling, limbing, bucking, splitting and hewing. Lists procurement sources and selected references.

Keywords: adzes, axes, hand tools, hewing, historic buildings, historic forestry practices, log cabin restoration, traditional Americana

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