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New Puget Sound patterns

Discussion in 'Axe, Tomahawk, & Hatchet Forum' started by Square_peg, Sep 4, 2012.

  1. Square_peg

    Square_peg

    Feb 1, 2012
    Last week I won an auction on the bay for 3 Puget Sound pattern axes. The one in the middle was listed as a 1938 Sager Chemical Axe with a CCC stamp (Civilian Conservation Corps). The other two were unknown commodities. Living in the Puget Sound region myself and not owning a Puget Sound pattern axe I was keen on getting these.

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    Well they arrived today and I started cleaning up the two unknowns. The rust bucket on the right with the taped up handle turned out to be a Kelly-Charleston. I found no markings on the 3rd axe but it's still a good axe. Here's the Kelly.

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    The stamp isn't deep and it didn't show up through all the rust. But after a little work with a brass wire cup on an angle grinder the stamp is pretty clear.

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    I'm pretty happy with the trio. This definitely rearranges my to-do list. Gotta hang one of these Puget Sound axes.
     
  2. G-pig

    G-pig

    Jul 5, 2011
    To date I havent seen anyone actually use a Puget to drop a tree (apart from real old footage). You oughtta go find a nice big tree and notch it with a Puget and document it =D
     
  3. Steve Tall

    Steve Tall

    Aug 28, 2010
    You really transformed that Kelly!
     
  4. Double Ott

    Double Ott Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 3, 2011
    It looks like you found gold. Very nice set of Puget Sounds.

    My only Puget Sound pattern, a 13" 4 lb. Kelly

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    It's been cleaned up, but I haven't put it to wood yet. It's on a 36" haft, I would like to find a 44" one for it.
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    Last edited: Sep 4, 2012
  5. Square_peg

    Square_peg

    Feb 1, 2012
    Great idea! I like your style, G.
     
  6. BobSig

    BobSig Gold Member Gold Member

    May 6, 2011
    Never knew those existed, and growing up in Tacoma and being around the Puget Sound I am happy to see those. Now I have a axe to start looking for. Id like to know if there was a manufacturer in the Puget Sound that began this pattern? Nice find.
     
  7. Double Ott

    Double Ott Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 3, 2011
    If you find one, you'll also need to find a springboard for it...Just kidding. But can you,imagine swinging a Puget Sound with a 44" haft, standing on a springboard? Those guys sure knew what they were doing.

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  8. bearhunter

    bearhunter

    Sep 12, 2009
    Ya know, I've got a couple of 'Pugets' myself (a Zenith...MW and a Kelly TT), but never have dropped a tree with one either. I got them more for an addition to my collection. Now maybe it's time to use one... Where are those damn redwoods :D

    See pegs... I told you you 'needed' a puget sound felling axe ;)
     
  9. Blunt Forged Edge

    Blunt Forged Edge

    591
    May 15, 2012
    Puget Sound patterned axes! Nice going for you on those!
     
  10. Square_peg

    Square_peg

    Feb 1, 2012

    That's a fine looking axe, Tom. It hardly looks used. Where did you get it?
     
  11. Double Ott

    Double Ott Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 3, 2011
    Peg, I have never seen a Puget Sound pattern around here, North Central WI and the U.P. MI. So that one came from Ebay. It was a steal at around $35.00 + shipping. It was covered in rust, but it had sharp square bits and it didn't appear to be pitted under the rust. I lucked out and it cleaned up nicely. It has a 36" haft and I want to order a 44" octagon for it someday.
     
  12. Steve Tall

    Steve Tall

    Aug 28, 2010
  13. bearhunter

    bearhunter

    Sep 12, 2009
    Good stuff Steve. Thanks!
     
  14. Operator1975

    Operator1975

    Sep 24, 2010
    Love me some Puget sounds. I have a couple.
     
  15. Steve Tall

    Steve Tall

    Aug 28, 2010
    Including 38 NOS Warrens, as I recall:

     
  16. markv

    markv

    Sep 8, 2004
    niccccccccceeeeeeeeeeeeeeee.

    all good

    buzz
     
  17. BobSig

    BobSig Gold Member Gold Member

    May 6, 2011
    You know what, I think I got one of these in the garage, finding was easier than I thought, well if I can find it. I pulled it out of the trash when a builder/friend emptied his huge shop, throwing a lot of stuff in one of those big semi truck trash cans. He said there were a lot of hammers, axes, pics in the bottom. I started digging, but he loaded large debris on top with his front loader. It was a sad day. But I found that axe


    Just looked at steves post, looks like a fun time, for about an hour. I just realized a few days ago what the notches were for looking at some old logging pics, some mighty trees were dropped back then.

    Thanks for sharing.
     
  18. Square_peg

    Square_peg

    Feb 1, 2012

    Thanks for that, Steve. Now the long handles make sense. I see stumps of trees like that all the time. Many still show the springboard notches. But I never really considered what it would take to notch one. An axe with longer reach would mean you wouldn't have to move the board so often. Our NW Doug Firs are pretty hard stuff so I can understand why they used the narrow bits.
     
  19. BobSig

    BobSig Gold Member Gold Member

    May 6, 2011
    Ok, found it... is this one?

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  20. Square_peg

    Square_peg

    Feb 1, 2012
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    Good one.
     

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