Hewing Axe

Contributed by Davistown Museum


The Registry of Maine Toolmakers lists Amos Hight as working between 1832-56. Perhaps he was related to George Hight of Gorham, also making edge tools and knives as early as 1815. This ax was located by Dana Phillippi of Liberty, Maine.
Size: 10 3/4" long, 6" wide cutting edge. Nicely offset handle.

A hewing axe (occasionally called a felling axe) refers to an axe that is beveled only on side. Hewing a timber normally means to flatten the side or make the timber thinner.

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About This Item

  • Title: Hewing Axe
  • Creation Date: circa 1800
  • Subject Date: circa 1800
  • Town: Scarborough
  • County: Cumberland
  • State: ME
  • Media: Forged iron with steel cutting edge
  • Local Code: 12801T5
  • Collection: Maine Made Tool Table-Maritime III
  • Object Type: Physical Object

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Davistown Museum
PO Box 346, 58 Main Street #4, Liberty, ME 04949
(207) 288-5126

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