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Snow & Nealley time line

Discussion in 'Axe, Tomahawk, & Hatchet Forum' started by rjdankert, Dec 31, 2015.

  1. rjdankert

    rjdankert Basic Member Basic Member

    Mar 10, 2011
    What a neat set of axes and story about your grandfather to go along with them. Thanks for posting. :)

    Bob
     
  2. rjdankert

    rjdankert Basic Member Basic Member

    Mar 10, 2011
  3. Fireform

    Fireform

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    Apr 1, 2005
    I discovered, through the use of Google-Fu, a Snow and Nealley 3-1/2 lb double bitted axe being sold by a GA company called Gardener's Tool Shed. Their website is spartan, to put it kindly, but the pic online appears to show a Smyrna, ME haft marking. At $80 including a sheath, I thought it was interesting enough to order one. If it turns out to be new US manufacture and so marked, I will be happy to see realistic domestic competition for CT. If it's not, I can just send it back.

    Will post updates when it arrives.
     
  4. rjdankert

    rjdankert Basic Member Basic Member

    Mar 10, 2011
    :cool:

    Bob
     
  5. cooperhill

    cooperhill

    Nov 14, 2011
  6. rjdankert

    rjdankert Basic Member Basic Member

    Mar 10, 2011
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    rjdankert Basic Member Basic Member

    Mar 10, 2011
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    rjdankert Basic Member Basic Member

    Mar 10, 2011
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  9. grafton

    grafton

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    Aug 28, 2010
    For years, I have been trying to figure out what that October 1, 1952 date is all about....nobody seems to know.
     
  10. rjdankert

    rjdankert Basic Member Basic Member

    Mar 10, 2011
    Thought I would attach this to the timeline (post #93)

    2017 (March) Lehman's Snow & Neally offerings
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    Bob
     
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  11. rjdankert

    rjdankert Basic Member Basic Member

    Mar 10, 2011
    PICK 'A HOE

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  12. Square_peg

    Square_peg

    Feb 1, 2012
    That's cool. Odd looking heavy hoe.
     
  13. rjdankert

    rjdankert Basic Member Basic Member

    Mar 10, 2011
    continued from post #3

    1956 William "Bill" Bowdoin Nealley named company president.
    Bangor Daily News Feb 4 1994:
    https://news.google.com/newspapers?...AIBAJ&sjid=u1kMAAAAIBAJ&pg=2376,1158411&hl=en

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    1984 William "Bill" Bowdoin Nealley dies. Wife Lois Newcomb Nealley becomes sole owner.
    https://news.google.com/newspapers?...AIBAJ&sjid=u1kMAAAAIBAJ&pg=2385,1163694&hl=en

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    198? "...the Snow & Nealley Co., has been competing globally since the late 1980's."
    Bangor Daily News Feb 4, 1994:
    https://news.google.com/newspapers?id=C2o-AAAAIBAJ&sjid=u1kMAAAAIBAJ&pg=3536,1172464

    1989 Snow & Nealley spins off it's industrial supply division.
    Bangor Daily News Feb 4, 1994:
    https://news.google.com/newspapers?...AIBAJ&sjid=u1kMAAAAIBAJ&pg=2385,1163694&hl=en

    1990 Nealley family decides to take over the daily management.
    Bangor Daily News Feb 4, 1994 pg 5:
    https://news.google.com/newspapers?...AIBAJ&sjid=u1kMAAAAIBAJ&pg=2385,1163694&hl=en
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    1991 Snow & Nealley hires firm to create upscale packaging
    "The agency developed new package designs for two products that would serve as market tests for the new look: Snow & Nealley's Garden Tool Gift Pack, a boxed set of three hand garden tools; and the Split 'n Kindle Set, featuring a Hudson Bay Kindling Ax and the company's popular Mini Maul."
    Bangor Daily News Feb 4, 1994, page 6:
    https://news.google.com/newspapers?id=C2o-AAAAIBAJ&sjid=u1kMAAAAIBAJ&pg=3536,1172464

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    1994 Articles on products and overseas business.
    Bangor Daily News Feb 4, 1994, page 6:
    https://news.google.com/newspapers?id=C2o-AAAAIBAJ&sjid=u1kMAAAAIBAJ&pg=2354,1173171

    1994 Article on forging and heat treatment processes, "Snow & Nealley's axes, ... are naturally black in color...".
    Bangor Daily News Feb 4, 1994, page 7:
    https://news.google.com/newspapers?id=C2o-AAAAIBAJ&sjid=u1kMAAAAIBAJ&pg=2363,1177593

    1994 Worker grinding a tool.
    Bangor Daily News Feb 4, 1994, page 8:
    https://news.google.com/newspapers?id=C2o-AAAAIBAJ&sjid=u1kMAAAAIBAJ&pg=3502,1182964
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    199? David S. Nealley, son of Bill and Lois, president of Snow & Nealley.
    Bangor Daily News Apr 8, 1998:
    https://news.google.com/newspapers?...AIBAJ&sjid=uA4NAAAAIBAJ&pg=4366,2325234&hl=en

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    note: there is strong evidence that William Pope Nealley (right) was Edward Bowdoin Nealley's (left) half-brother.

    1998 Snow and Nealley's website at the time, courtesy of the Wayback Machine
    https://web.archive.org/web/19980523232201/http://www.sntools.com/axestool.htm
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    note: summary in post #27 below

    1998 Christopher Hutchins buys Snow & Nealley.
    Bangor Daily News:
    http://archive.bangordailynews.com/2003/10/25/134-year-old-tool-maker-closing-down/

    2000 Snow and Nealley's website at the time, courtesy of the Wayback Machine
    https://web.archive.org/web/20000527012450/http://www.snowandnealley.com/snshop/dept.asp?dept_id=1
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    note: summary in post #30 below

    2003 tool making stops "139-year-old tool maker closing down". "Now a salesperson is all that's left to sell and ship off the remaining inventory..."
    Bangor Daily News Oct 24, 2003":
    https://news.google.com/newspapers?...AIBAJ&sjid=ZeEIAAAAIBAJ&pg=1758,2602482&hl=en

    2003 Snow and Nealley's website at the time, courtesy of the Wayback Machine
    https://web.archive.org/web/2003030...creen=CTGY&Store_Code=SNWS&Category_Code=Axes
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    note: summary in post #31 below

    2007 tool making resumes Snow & Nealley moves to Brewer. "makes 10 different types of axes and mauls"
    Bangor Daily News April 20, 2007:
    http://archive.bangordailynews.com/2007/04/20/snow-nealley-moves-to-brewer/

    2012 Snow and Nealley's website at the time, courtesy of the Wayback Machine
    https://web.archive.org/web/20120111062112/http://www.snowandnealley.com/products/axes/obsb3530.htm
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    note: summary in post #32 below

    2012 Chris Hilty’s family buys Snow & Nealley and moves business to Smyrna.
    Down East magazine:
    http://downeast.com/best-maine-home-garden/

    2015 Quote from Chris Hilty “The heads are drop forged right here in the US. The previous owner, before we bought the place, he had to go overseas. But we were able to bring that back, and now each axe is forged and finished in America. Right here, we finish the heads, temper them and sharpen them, so they’re ready to go as soon as you take the leather cover off the blade.”
    Lehman's Country Life blog by Karen Johnson May 18, 2015:
    http://countrylife.lehmans.com/us-made-cuts-the-deal-for-snow-and-nealley/
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    2017 (March) Lehman's Snow & Neally offerings
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    2017 (April) Forestry Suppliers's Snow & Neally offerings
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  14. rjdankert

    rjdankert Basic Member Basic Member

    Mar 10, 2011
    I thought this was a neat item. I found it for sale on ebay. The seller said they were left with the retailers.

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    No, I didn't buy it. :)
     
  15. quinton

    quinton

    878
    Nov 4, 2006
    "Handles are made from only straight grain hickory"
    The Hudson Bay camping axe really stands out. I guess consumer's believe anything written.
     

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