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Discover the tool that shaped a continent. Woodsman and forester Brett McLeod pays tribute to the axe with stunning photography and illuminating text that traces this historic hand tool's evolution in form and function through North American culture and history. From bronze axes of the Viking conquests to the American homesteader's felling axe, this is a tool that has shaped human history like few others.
Praise for the AMERICAN AXE book
"Part ode, part how-to guide, American Axe is a fascinating look at the essential tool." - Popular Mechanics
"Entertaining, endlessly fascinating, and a work of genuine scholarship. I've read a lumberyard-full of books related to the outdoors, but can think of only a scant handful that measure up to this one." - David E. Petzal, field editor, Field & Stream
"Even if you already live with an axe in your hands, Brett's deep appreciation of our essential companion will bring you closer to it." - Roy Underhill, host of PBS's The Woodwright's Shop
"An instant classic destined to be passed on to future generations, just like Grandpa's axe." - Craig Roost, Council Tool Co. manager and designer and Axe Junkies group administrator
About the Author
Brett McLeod is the author of American Axe and The Woodland Homestead and an avid axe collector and restorer. Before becoming a forestry professor and coach of woodsmen's team at Paul Smith's College in the Adirondack Park, he was a professional competitive lumberjack in the Stihl Ironjack Series and competed in the Stihl Timbersports Collegiate Series. He lives in northern New York with his wife and his collection of 200 vintage axes.