Miners axe, rafting axe, construction axe

Discussion in 'Axe, Tomahawk, & Hatchet Forum' started by Square_peg, Jul 11, 2015.

  1. olybears57

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    Aug 25, 2013
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    Rafting axes are my favorite pattern. This was also my first restoration

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  2. chuxwan

    chuxwan

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    Aug 26, 2012
    Wow that killing axe is something else!
     
  3. vcbvcbvcb

    vcbvcbvcb

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    Aug 1, 2012
    This forum keeps getting interestinger and interestinger.
     
  4. quinton

    quinton

    Nov 4, 2006
    Looks like a feist, my all time favorite dog. Mine can stand on their hind legs forever it seems, they remind me of monkeys at times..
     
  5. Square_peg

    Square_peg Basic Member Basic Member

    Feb 1, 2012
    I love seeing this axe. Warren really catered to the logging industry and made top notch stuff. I have no doubts about the quality of that axe. You're probably wise to leave it unaltered.
     
  6. Square_peg

    Square_peg Basic Member Basic Member

    Feb 1, 2012
    That one is almost unused. Have you hung it yet?
     
  7. Square_peg

    Square_peg Basic Member Basic Member

    Feb 1, 2012
    I recently added another piece to my set of Plumb rafting axes - an axe box from the mine that my Permabond rafter came from.

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    I need 3 more to fill the box. It's supposed to hold a half dozen.

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  8. Steve Tall

    Steve Tall

    Aug 28, 2010
    Nice! Looks like the end of the box has details about the handles:
    STRT. 26IN NAT. FIN. HDLS
    Straight 26 inch Natural finish Handles.
    (The other handle options were 36", bent or straight.)

    Interesting that the 1964 price list from Plumb showed that those heads were packed 12 per box (not 6). And the handled axes came 4 to a closed box that year. Perhaps this box was from an earlier year, with 6 handled axes packed in it (not just heads without the handles). That would explain why the handle details are stamped on the box, as well as the head details.

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  9. 1 ADAM12

    1 ADAM12

    Nov 22, 2013
    NICE ONES, thanks for sharing this...
     
  10. 6850

    6850 Gold Member Gold Member

    May 5, 2013
    Thank you Square_Peg and everyone else who contributed to this thread!
    Very interesting!
    Lots of info, a look at the past & the lifestyle... Man those folks were tough!
    How would you like to arm wrestle that guy swinging that axe in the mine?
    And to top it all off, a cute little dog!
    Great thread!!
     
  11. Old Axeman

    Old Axeman Basic Member Basic Member

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    Jan 10, 2015
    S P- That axe box is a great find! Your Permabond Rafter and that box really belong together. I feel even better about you being the one who got the axe.
     
  12. 300Six

    300Six

    Aug 29, 2013
    Howdy Square_Peg. Relevant old packing case and I'll bet there's an similarly good story on how it came to reside at your place. Any sign or suggestion of a date on it?
     
  13. Square_peg

    Square_peg Basic Member Basic Member

    Feb 1, 2012
    Yeah. The history you supplied for my axe made me want this box all the more. It's possible that this axe came in this box. In any case I was very pleased to be able to bring them together.


    No date on the box. And I doubt that either Plumb or Anaconda kept records or shipments. One side of the box reads:

    ANACONDA COPPER
    MINING CO.
    WAREHOUSE
    BUTTE, MONT.
    ORDER NO. 86220
    REQ. NO. BOZ-934


    The end panels reads:

    STRT.
    26 IN
    NAT. FIN.
    HDLS.

    and

    PLUMB
    DOUBLE LIFE
    AXES


    One side and the bottom are stamped:

    1/2 DOZ 5
    S.B. CONSTRUCTORS
    AXES
    DREADNAUGHT

    I would guess it's from the 1960's but I don't know. The fact that they call it a Dreadnaught Constructors axe matches up with Steve's add for 1964. An earlier piece would have likely called it a rafting axe.

    As for how it came to my place, 300Six, ebay. I saw it there and knowing the history of my 26" axe I put a high value on the box. As it turned out the seller lived just 30 miles down the road in Steilacoom, Washington. Arrived in 2 days. Family reunited.
     
  14. Agent_H

    Agent_H

    Aug 21, 2013
    Terrific pictures and great additions to the collection Square_peg.

    Seeing all three together is note-worthy and that box is just plain cool.

    Waffles, yum.
     
  15. ARKLITE881South

    ARKLITE881South

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    May 22, 2010

    My wifes grand dad was a log drive foreman for Diamond Match in Northern Idaho for 40 yrs. He said in those 40 yrs he never lost a man on the log drives. He was one tough old cookie, i have some pictures of him shaving in his back yard with a small double bit axe. I believe its the only small double bit axe i have it was Made in Sweden. We used to have some dandy black and white 8x10 glossy pictures taken of him and his crew as they drove logs to the mill. One of the other relatives''confiscated'' all of them. They were taken by a Life Magazine reporter. They had a small tent set up on the rafts for eating in, and even a sleeping tent i believe, complete with stove. Pretty exciting life.
     
  16. Square_peg

    Square_peg Basic Member Basic Member

    Feb 1, 2012
    It's too bad you cant' borrow those photos and scan them. We'd love to see them.

    Those tents on the log rafts were called wigwams. Sometimes they were more substantial than tents.

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  17. Square_peg

    Square_peg Basic Member Basic Member

    Feb 1, 2012
    Sometime watch the movie "Sometimes A Great Notion" with Paul Newman and Henry Fonda.
     
  18. Square_peg

    Square_peg Basic Member Basic Member

    Feb 1, 2012
    I ran into this 5 pound Collins rafting axe over the weekend but was unable to buy it. This came down from Mountain Village, Alaska back in 1976. The other corner or the poll shows some chipping, a testament to its hardened poll. Wish I coulda got this one. May still one day.

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  19. Square_peg

    Square_peg Basic Member Basic Member

    Feb 1, 2012
    I received this one this weekend. It's 4.83 pound Plumb Dreadnaught rafting axe that looks like it's never been hung. It's the type of un-hung axe that would have come in the box I posted above. It came form Clancy, MT., just up the road from the Anaconda mine in Butte.

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    It came with a very flat poll that looks almost milled and isn’t painted like the body of the axe.

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    Here it is with the box I posted before. It's conceivable that this axe came in this box - though unlikely. I'm sure they shipped many of them.

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    It fits!

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    Given my affinity for Plumb rafting axes I'm pretty giddy about this one! :)
     
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  20. Steve Tall

    Steve Tall

    Aug 28, 2010

    I question why the handle information (Straight 26" Natural Finish Handles) was stamped on the box if the heads weren't shipped with handles installed? Makes more sense to me if they were shipped with handles installed, with the heads in the box and the handles sticking up, similar to how Shapleigh shipped their handled axes (pictured below in a post by rjdankert):



    As I mentioned before in this thread, the 1964 price list from Plumb showed that those heads were packed 12 per box (not 6). And the handled axes came 4 to a box that year. Perhaps this box was from an earlier year, with 6 handled axes packed in it (not just heads without the handles). That would explain why the handle details are stamped on the box, as well as the head details.
     

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