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Item 15435

Offset Hewing Axe

Contributed by: Davistown Museum

Date: circa 1860

Location: Oakland

Media: forged iron and weld steel

Item 15434

Hewing Axe

Contributed by: Davistown Museum

Date: 1800 - 1840

Location: Madison

Media: forged steel

Item 15623

Hewing Axe

Contributed by: Davistown Museum

Date: circa 1800

Location: Scarborough

Media: Forged iron with steel cutting edge

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Civil War quilt , Belfast, 1864

Belfast During the Civil War: The Home Front

Belfast residents responded to the Civil War by enlisting in large numbers, providing relief from the home front to soldiers, defending Maine's shoreline, and closely following the news from soldiers and from various battles.


Jack Lawrence, Saco, on Bicycle, ca. 1900

A Craze for Cycling

Success at riding a bike mirrored success in life. Bicycling could bring families together. Bicycling was good for one's health. Bicycling was fun. Bicycles could go fast. Such were some of the arguments made to induce many thousands of people around Maine and the nation to take up the new pastime at the end of the nineteenth century.


Park Street, Portland, 1886

Most Inconvenient Storm

A Portland newspaper wrote about an ice storm of January 28, 1886 saying, "The city of Portland was visited yesterday by the most inconvenient storm of the season."

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Hallowell Steam & Boom Company, Kennebec River, Hallowell, ca. 1890

Historic Hallowell - Logging

Also, loggers used an axe called the double bit axe that was very dangerous because of its two axe blades on both sides.

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Shipbuilding Hewing Axe, Shipyard. Hallowell, ca. 1850's

Historic Hallowell - Shipbuilding

There was also the adze, a tool like an axe used for shaping and dressing wood. It was different from an axe because it had a long and slender…

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Hallowell Steam and Boom Company, Hallowell, ca. 1895

Historic Hallowell - Sweat on the Kennebec ~ Hallowell Steam and Boom Company

… or eighth log with two quick strokes of a tiny axe, and then running lines the whole length of the raft with a clove hitch over each pin.