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The Ax Book: The Lore and Science of the Woodcutter

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A book about axes that, by necessity, is also a book about trees, wood, saws, steel, and history. For the serious woodchopper, this book is a must-read. Chapters on sharpening, handles and hanging an ax. Also covers felling, limbing, and splitting wood.
  • 31 chapters in all
  • Hundreds of illustrations
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  • 8-1/2" x 11"
  • 134 pp.
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THE AX BOOK: THE LORE AND SCIENCE OF THE WOODCUTTER DESCRIPTION
Contents
Foreword by Castle Freeman
Introduction
Chapter 1 - The Tool of Necessity
Chapter 2 - Ax or Chain Saw?
Chapter 3 - First Blood
Chapter 4 - The Hurricane of '38
Chapter 5 - The "Right" Ax
Chapter 6 - The Efficient Ax
Chapter 7 - The Double-Bitted Ax
Chapter 8 - Swinging an Ax
Chapter 9 - Felling Trees-Preliminaries
Chapter 10 - Felling-Hinge and Kickback Stop
Chapter 11 - Felling-Other Means of Control
Chapter 12 - Felling Hazards
Chapter 13 - Tree Felling in the Marine
Chapter 14 - Limbing and Bucking
Chapter 15 - Splitting
Chapter 16 - The Right Wood
Chapter 17 - Effects of Temperature and Weather
Chapter 18 - Handling Your Wood
Chapter 19 - Big Ones into Little Ones
Chapter 20 - Storing Your Wood
Chapter 21 - Burning Your Wood
Chapter 22 - Sharpening Axes
Chapter 23 - Handles
Chapter 24 - Hanging an Ax
Chapter 25 - Other Woods Tools
Chapter 26 - Saws
Chapter 27 - Sharpening Saws
Chapter 28 - Operating with a Saw
Chapter 29 - The Exercise Element
Chapter 30 - Your Woodlot
Chapter 31 - The Future
Glossary
Bibliography
Index

Excerpt from page 22
An ax swings even when you carry it. Though you can reduce the movement somewhat with a shoulder carry that position is clear mark of bravado ignorance or both. The safest method of carrying an unsheathed ax is to grip it just beneath the head with the bit pointed outward. Then if you stumble you are prepared to throw the ax aside or at least to keep the bit from pointing inward toward some part of your body. If you are reasonably alert (if completely alert you would not stumble) your hands will tend to break your fall and can carry the axhead beyond where any other part of your body will land on it. The problem with a double-bitted ax is that one bit will always point either near or toward you no matter how you carry it. If you stumble with one if possible throw it away as you fall. Even in such an insignificant item as this you can assess the toughness of the men who for generations cut timber with the ax. Danger was their life.


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- 12/4/2010
said: Adam DePesa
"A great read for those of you who are into woodcutting and things the way they used to be. Full of excellent tidbits of knowledge that will surely serve you well."
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