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New here, found what I believe to be a hatchet for hueing logs in a buddies basement. Anyone know anything about it besides the obvious fact it’s a craftsman? Also dumb question, but how do you post pictures on the site? Thanks in advance
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Hickory n steel

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New here, found what I believe to be a hatchet for hueing logs in a buddies basement. Anyone know anything about it besides the obvious fact it’s a craftsman? Also dumb question, but how do you post pictures on the site? Thanks in advance
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Made for Sears/Craftsman by Vaughan & Bushnell ( that M there is the OEM code Sears had for Vaughan) in the 50's-60's.
It's a broad hatchet or " bench axe " as it's sometimes called.
 
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Could be a "heavy-half" hatchet as well, hence the confusion about whether it's a hewing axe or not.
 

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Could be a "heavy-half" hatchet as well, hence the confusion about whether it's a hewing axe or not.
Yeah I always forget about that odd duck.
The overall package seems handy, but they're just weird looking .
 

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This Craftsman Hewing Hatchet was my Great Grandfathers in the 1920's - 1930's. AQs it came to me and after re-hafting it to suit me and make it usable again. Grand Dad was a barn builder in Champaign County, Ohio and used it for hewing fitting beams





 
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Thanks for the verification, that is what I thought it was too.
Made for Sears/Craftsman by Vaughan & Bushnell ( that M there is the OEM code Sears had for Vaughan) in the 50's-60's.
It's a broad hatchet or " bench axe " as it's sometimes called.
Made for Sears/Craftsman by Vaughan & Bushnell ( that M there is the OEM code Sears had for Vaughan) in the 50's-60's.
It's a broad hatchet or " bench axe " as it's sometimes called.
Thanks that’s exactly what I have
 

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The axes from above aren't for hewing logs. Other carpentry work yes, I guess, edging, trimming maybe even something to do with a rough kind of joinery in a stretch but to hew logs with one would be kind of fruitless.
 

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The axes from above aren't for hewing logs. Other carpentry work yes, I guess, edging, trimming maybe even something to do with a rough kind of joinery in a stretch but to hew logs with one would be kind of fruitless.

Yes, they normally used a larger axe for hewing the logs but the hatchets were used also for things like barrel staves, joining, fitting beams up etc.

 

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If you have an interest in Broad Axe log hewing, there are some good, some bad, videos on this forum. Square Peg kindly posted some historic footage for me a while back.
If you can find a way to watch the October 21, 1993, show no. 15-08 of "This Old House", you will get to see Norm Abram in the Wyoming Washakie Wilderness working on a historic log house restoration.
 
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