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Who owns the quintessential collection of axe literature?

Discussion in 'Axe, Tomahawk, & Hatchet Forum' started by VintageToolCo, Sep 7, 2018.

  1. VintageToolCo

    VintageToolCo

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    Jul 24, 2018
    There's a limited amount of printed literature on axes out there. Anyone have the entire collection? If so, what are they? Can you provide a list?
     
  2. Ernest DuBois

    Ernest DuBois

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    Mar 2, 2013
    In English?
     
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  3. Miller '72

    Miller '72

    Jul 25, 2017
    :D:thumbsup:
     
  4. Agent_H

    Agent_H Gold Member Gold Member

    Aug 21, 2013
    I'm not above parsing information in a language I don't speak. :thumbsup:

    One can always ask questions, right?
     
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  5. jblyttle

    jblyttle Gold Member Gold Member

    Sep 3, 2014
    The internet.
     
  6. Steve Tall

    Steve Tall

    Aug 28, 2010
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  7. Square_peg

    Square_peg

    Feb 1, 2012
    As far as personal libraries, I'd bet Old Axeman has an impressive collection. Don't see him here much anymore but I think Double Ott also had a good collection.
     
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  8. Square_peg

    Square_peg

    Feb 1, 2012
    As for navigating axe resources on the internet no one comes close to Steve Tall.
     
  9. Miller '72

    Miller '72

    Jul 25, 2017
    Not even a slither of doubt to that!

    Thank you SteveTall

    Thanks to this community for all the positive contributions that allow us all to keep learning and asking more...of SteveTall ;):thumbsup::cool:
     
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  10. VintageToolCo

    VintageToolCo

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    Jul 24, 2018
    Hmmm... didn't think about what might be in other languages. :). I'd count the Gransfors Bruk axe book. I'm mostly referring to literature written specifically as a guide or reference to axes just prior to and up to the end of the golden age of American axes (Apprx: 1850-1960) . Not included would be fiction or logging books that include a small amount of axe information. Although if it's a significant amount dedicated toward axes, I think that it would be considered relevant for this list.

    Examples would be:
    Embossed Axes
    The Axe Book - The lore and science of the wood cutter.
    American Axes - A survey of their development and their makers.
    All 10 of Tom Lamont's publications.
    The axe weilders handbook
    An axe to grind
    Douglas axe manufacturing - illustrated catalog
    The axe and man


    Fringe examples might be:
    Tomahawks/Pipe axes of the American Frontier.
    American Indian tomahawks.
    Various vintage axe manufacturer catalogs/hardware store catalogs
     
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  11. Ernest DuBois

    Ernest DuBois

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    Mar 2, 2013
    Because there are good ones to include

    1. Les haches, Daniel Bouchard (Fr)
    2. Das Werkzeug des Zimmermanns, Hans-Tewes Schadwinkel (D)
    3. Eingeschlagene Symbole auf Äxten und anderen Schmiedeerzeugnissen, Gustl Reinthaler Also in English. (D)
    4. Kirves, Juha Maasola (Fi)
    Lars Enander's book on forging has in depth information on axes, also in an English version. (S)
     
  12. VintageToolCo

    VintageToolCo

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    Jul 24, 2018
    Very cool! Now I just need a translator.
     
  13. Ernest DuBois

    Ernest DuBois

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    Mar 2, 2013
    Did I forget to mention it, all richly illustrated.:)
     
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  14. Old Axeman

    Old Axeman

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    Jan 10, 2015
    Some that I did not see on your list are; Axe Makers of North America-Allan Klenman; Broad Axes-James Douglas Gamble; Axe Manual of Peter McLaren; and many, many original makers catalogs along with reprints of the original catalogs. I think that the people who have reprinted these original catalogs all do, or have in past tense, belong to the Early American Industries Association (E,A.I.A.). If this would be of interest, contact them, they have a website. Of course the best axe reference on my shelf is---Oh, I see you already have it on your list!
     
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  15. Square_peg

    Square_peg

    Feb 1, 2012
    Which one?
     
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  16. Old Axeman

    Old Axeman

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    Jan 10, 2015
    "An Ax To Grind", of course!
     
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  17. Miller '72

    Miller '72

    Jul 25, 2017
    Excuse me for saying this but....hell ya!!

    It was my first of any literature for axes right along with the The Crosscut Manual, Saws That Sing, Hand Tools For Trail Work and New Tools for Old Saws.

    Cant beat what is written by those that use and know.

    If I haven't yet...Thank you old axeman
    Thank you Mr. Warren Miller
     
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  18. Kerry W

    Kerry W Gold Member Gold Member

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    Jul 2, 2012
    Although not axe specific, I thought the good folks on this forum may find these books of interest. There is some overlap of images between the books.
     

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  19. Old Axeman

    Old Axeman

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    Jan 10, 2015
    The Kinsey book is one of my favorites! If any of you have not seen it, and you like early photos of logging, you should take a look.
     
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  20. Kerry W

    Kerry W Gold Member Gold Member

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    Jul 2, 2012
    I can’t remember which of the two books it is in but one of them mentions the diet of a lumberjack. My takeaway was it was pretty much the equilivant of an Olympic athlete.
     
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