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ADZ

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Material
METAL-STEEL;
Description
Adz head has an 11.5cm wide thin tapered bit that narrows back to a rectangular opening for a potential handle with a 6cm thin peen-like face, called a spur or nail punch. The spur is mushroomed from hammering and the thin bit is slightly chipped from use. The rectangular opening for the handle is …
Category
TOOLS AND EQUIPMENT FOR MATERIALS
Sub-Category
WOODWORKING TOOLS AND EQUIPMENT
Description
Adz head has an 11.5cm wide thin tapered bit that narrows back to a rectangular opening for a potential handle with a 6cm thin peen-like face, called a spur or nail punch. The spur is mushroomed from hammering and the thin bit is slightly chipped from use. The rectangular opening for the handle is 2.8cm by 4cm and 6.5cm deep.
History Of Use
Adz was used in carpentry and miscellaneous woodworking purposes.
Material
METAL-STEEL;
Width
11.5
Length
27
Depth
6.5
Units Of Measurement
Centimeters
Accession No.
1996.0056.0001
Photograph or Negative No.
None
Type of Record
Museum Artifact
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Adze

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Material
WOOD-UNKNOWN; METAL/ALLOY-UNKNOWN;
Description
Forged as one unit, the head extends 5.5CM above the blade. The head has a flared end and is bevelled. The opposite end has a flared square end. The wooden handle is shaped like the typical axe handle with a slight box to it. This adds strength to the wood and frees the wrist from vibration.
Category
TOOLS AND EQUIPMENT FOR MATERIALS
Sub-Category
WOODWORKING TOOLS AND EQUIPMENT
Description
Forged as one unit, the head extends 5.5CM above the blade. The head has a flared end and is bevelled. The opposite end has a flared square end. The wooden handle is shaped like the typical axe handle with a slight box to it. This adds strength to the wood and frees the wrist from vibration.
History Of Use
Jim and Jan Owens came to the community of Evelyn in July 1922. They camped beside the railway bridge for three months while Jim built the cabin. He had never seen a log cabin before, but managed to build his own. He knew nothing about notching and made his corners flat. They lived in the house for 25 years. Owens Road materialized as it is now in 1974, when some friends helped build it, with axes, saws and a few boxes of powder. This adz was just one of many tools needed to clear land, build houses, sheds and roads. The adz was used to smooth the surfaces of beams and remove the score marks of a broad axe. Sometimes it was used to clean logs before broadaxing into a beam. The adz was swung in the curvature of the blade, with the arm and tool forming the radius. Because of the flaring square end, the adz head had to be removable, as the bevel to be sharpened was on the inside and inaccessible to a grindstone. Adz are still used today by some ship builders.
Material
WOOD-UNKNOWN; METAL/ALLOY-UNKNOWN;
Height
9.2
Width
21.2
Length
82.5
Units Of Measurement
Centimeters
Accession No.
1978.31.16
Type of Record
Museum Artifact
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AUGER BIT

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Material
METAL/ALLOY-IRON-WROUGHT;
Description
One metal rod 63.5cm in length with 17cm 'four blade' screw at bottom and looped handle.
Other Names
BUTTON BIT
Category
TOOLS AND EQUIPMENT FOR MATERIALS
Sub-Category
WOODWORKING TOOLS AND EQUIPMENT
Description
One metal rod 63.5cm in length with 17cm 'four blade' screw at bottom and looped handle.
History Of Use
The auger bit was used for shallow holes or to start a boring. It cut downward without pulling shavings upward as the big spiral bit does. Used with a wooden bar through looped handle.
Material
METAL/ALLOY-IRON-WROUGHT;
Length
63.5
Units Of Measurement
Centimeters
Accession No.
1990.0081.0001
Photograph or Negative No.
None
Type of Record
Museum Artifact
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AUGER BIT

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Material
WOOD-UNKNOWN; METAL/ALLOY-IRON-WROUGHT; PAINT
Description
One metal rod 50cm in length with 11cm 'four blade' screw at bottom and 30.5cm wooden dowel through metal looped handle. Wood handle is shorter on one side than the other with traces of black paint. It is worn and dirty.
Other Names
BUTTON BIT
Category
TOOLS AND EQUIPMENT FOR MATERIALS
Sub-Category
WOODWORKING TOOLS AND EQUIPMENT
Description
One metal rod 50cm in length with 11cm 'four blade' screw at bottom and 30.5cm wooden dowel through metal looped handle. Wood handle is shorter on one side than the other with traces of black paint. It is worn and dirty.
History Of Use
Auger bit was used for shallow holes or to start a boring. It cut downward without pulling shavings upward as the big spiral bit does. Used with a wooden bar through looped handle.
Material
WOOD-UNKNOWN; METAL/ALLOY-IRON-WROUGHT; PAINT
Length
50
Units Of Measurement
Centimeters
Accession No.
1995.0032.0001
Photograph or Negative No.
None
Type of Record
Museum Artifact
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AUGER BIT

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Material
METAL/ALLOY-IRON-WROUGHT;
Description
Auger bit is one metal rod 52cm in length with 19cm 'four blade' screw at the bottom and looped handle at top.
Other Names
BUTTON BIT
Category
TOOLS AND EQUIPMENT FOR MATERIALS
Sub-Category
WOODWORKING TOOLS AND EQUIPMENT
Description
Auger bit is one metal rod 52cm in length with 19cm 'four blade' screw at the bottom and looped handle at top.
History Of Use
The auger bit was used for shallow holes or to start a boring. It cut downward with pulling shavings upward as the big spiral bit does. Used with a wooden bar through the looped handle.
Material
METAL/ALLOY-IRON-WROUGHT;
Width
2.5
Length
52
Units Of Measurement
Centimeters
Accession No.
1995.0033.0001
Photograph or Negative No.
None
Type of Record
Museum Artifact
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Axe

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Description
Short axe with wooden handle and bright red head. 1941 Bunk/Bur Woodsman Model.
Sub-Category
WOODWORKING TOOLS AND EQUIPMENT
Description
Short axe with wooden handle and bright red head. 1941 Bunk/Bur Woodsman Model.
History Of Use
All items were either brought from Germany in 1951/1952 or purchased in Cadillac, PEI? Used on family homestead there; brought to Kitimat in the late 1960s and gifted to Ingo by his mother.
Accession No.
2011.22.8
Type of Record
Museum Artifact
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BEVEL SQUARE

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Material
WOOD-UNKNOWN; METAL/ALLOY-UNKNOWN;
Description
Long wooden rod with 3 holes drilled in one end and 4 at the other end. The latter end has a wing nut and lock washer. Both ends are cut in half horizontally, towards the middle and stop within a few inches so as not to cut the piece entirely through.
Category
TOOLS AND EQUIPMENT FOR MATERIALS
Sub-Category
WOODWORKING TOOLS AND EQUIPMENT
Description
Long wooden rod with 3 holes drilled in one end and 4 at the other end. The latter end has a wing nut and lock washer. Both ends are cut in half horizontally, towards the middle and stop within a few inches so as not to cut the piece entirely through.
History Of Use
Ernest Hann 1889-1982. For more information see Historical Research file: Hann,Ernest/Addie. There are several pieces missing to this artifact according to Mr. Hanns son, Lloyd. He thought that it's possible that this is an adjustable arm for a drafting table. This theory was shared by Fred Hofsink. According to them, one end of this rod was secured to a drafting table by one of the 3 positions available on one end. The other end had a very thin piece of metal or wood inserted. The arm would swing in any direction with this extra piece, and work like a T-Bevel square. Lloyd Han confirmed that the majority of this father's tools were made by Ernie, as was this piece.
Material
WOOD-UNKNOWN; METAL/ALLOY-UNKNOWN;
Height
1.5
Width
2.5
Length
78.5
Units Of Measurement
Centimeters
Accession No.
1983.0032.0025
Photograph or Negative No.
None
Type of Record
Museum Artifact
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Block Plane

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Material
WOOD-UNKNOWN; METAL/ALLOY-UNKNOWN;
Description
Long, dark wooden plane with a saw handle mounted just behind the wedge and blade. Weighs approx 7 3/4 pounds. "E.HANN" is stamped near the handle.
Category
TOOLS AND EQUIPMENT FOR MATERIALS
Sub-Category
WOODWORKING TOOLS AND EQUIPMENT
Description
Long, dark wooden plane with a saw handle mounted just behind the wedge and blade. Weighs approx 7 3/4 pounds. "E.HANN" is stamped near the handle.
History Of Use
Ernest Hann 1889 - 1982. Mr. Hann arrived in Smithers in 1913. He worked as a carpenter with a contracting business. For more info see Historical Research file: Hann, Ernest/Addie. This block plane could be used in a similar manner that the Jack plane was used. In an interview with Fred Hofsink, he stated that sometimes, at this size, they were referred to as both, (depending on who it was, where the carpenter learned his skill, who he had as a teacher and what country they came from). Regardless, this plane was used to smooth out corners and camfers, level off planks or to smooth wooden pieces into the exact shape needed. They were sometimes used on floor planks to make them fit closer. The rule for long planes is "the longer the plane, the smoother the cut".
Material
WOOD-UNKNOWN; METAL/ALLOY-UNKNOWN;
Inscriptions
E.HANN
Height
18.5
Width
8
Length
56
Units Of Measurement
Centimeters
Accession No.
1971.4.11
Type of Record
Museum Artifact

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Block Plane

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Material
WOOD-UNKNOWN; METAL/ALLOY-UNKNOWN;
Description
Brown wooden block plane with slightly curved sides and squared off ends. It has a wooden wedge that prevents the metal blade from moving. The wedge & blade could not be removed for closer inspection. The blade is set with its bevel up and sharp edge down. There are 4 small holes in the bottom. An …
Manufacturer
Varvill & Sons
Manufacturer Notes
According to a contemporary advertisement found online in the Ampleforth Journal, Robert Varvill & Sons were wholesale ironmongers, "Tool manufacturers, bar iron & steel merchants, dealers in paints, gilts, and colours" located at Bridge Street and Ebor Works, North Street in York
Category
TOOLS AND EQUIPMENT FOR MATERIALS
Sub-Category
WOODWORKING TOOLS AND EQUIPMENT
Place Of Manufacture
Great Britain
Description
Brown wooden block plane with slightly curved sides and squared off ends. It has a wooden wedge that prevents the metal blade from moving. The wedge & blade could not be removed for closer inspection. The blade is set with its bevel up and sharp edge down. There are 4 small holes in the bottom. An inscription in the wood at one end reads "R. KERRY / VARVILL & SONS / EBOR WORKS / YORK"
History Of Use
The block plane was designed to be used with one hand. It received its name because of its block shape. They were especially used for fine cabinetry and model work. It can also be used for all ordinary work that does not require the plane to be adjusted frequently.
Material
WOOD-UNKNOWN; METAL/ALLOY-UNKNOWN;
Inscriptions
R. Kerry
Varville & Sons
York
Height
12.5
Width
7.7
Length
21
Units Of Measurement
Centimeters
Accession No.
1978.140.14
Type of Record
Museum Artifact

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Block Plane

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Material
WOOD-UNKNOWN; METAL/ALLOY-UNKNOWN; PAINT
Description
Homemade plane made of wood with faded red paint (a). The wedge (c) has been lost and the blade (b) is loose. At one end there is a fitted handle that can be removed (d). The plane is small, has grooved sides and one end is partially cut away in a wedge shape. One end has '30' stamped on it.
Category
TOOLS AND EQUIPMENT FOR MATERIALS
Sub-Category
WOODWORKING TOOLS AND EQUIPMENT
Description
Homemade plane made of wood with faded red paint (a). The wedge (c) has been lost and the blade (b) is loose. At one end there is a fitted handle that can be removed (d). The plane is small, has grooved sides and one end is partially cut away in a wedge shape. One end has '30' stamped on it.
History Of Use
Thor Paulson 1903-1988. Mr. Paulson built the Telkwa Creamery for the Prince George based creamery, in 1938. He managed it until 1942 when he left the area to open another creamery in Williams Lake. He moved back in 1947 and bought the Telkwa creamery. He owned and operated it for 29 years. It was the last independently owned/operated creamery in B.C. and it closed its doors in 1969. One of Mr. Paulsons hobbies was woodworking. This block plane has the appearance of being homemade. A block plane arrived at its name due to the shape. This one is designed to be used with two hands. The handle was for applying pressure while working on hardwood. It was especially useful for fine cabinetry and model work. Because the blade is set at a low angle, it is the most effective one to use on end grain. It is also the handiest tool for planning corners and camfers.
Material
WOOD-UNKNOWN; METAL/ALLOY-UNKNOWN; PAINT
Height
8.5
Width
4
Length
15
Units Of Measurement
Centimeters
Number Of Parts
4
Accession No.
1983.23.10 a-d
Type of Record
Museum Artifact

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Block Plane

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Material
WOOD-UNKNOWN; METAL/ALLOY-UNKNOWN;
Description
Long wooden plane with a broken handle, wide base and cutter, wedge well-used and marked. Part 'a' is the base, part 'b' is a handle, part 'c' is a metal blade, part 'd' is a wooden wedge. Parts b-d are all detachable.
Category
TOOLS AND EQUIPMENT FOR MATERIALS
Sub-Category
WOODWORKING TOOLS AND EQUIPMENT
Description
Long wooden plane with a broken handle, wide base and cutter, wedge well-used and marked. Part 'a' is the base, part 'b' is a handle, part 'c' is a metal blade, part 'd' is a wooden wedge. Parts b-d are all detachable.
History Of Use
Most block planes are designed to be used with one hand. They are especially useful for fine cabinetry and model work. Because the blade is set at such a low angle, it is the most effective one to use on end grain. It is also the handiest tool for planning corners and camfers as they do not have long fronts. They received their names specifically because of their shape.
Material
WOOD-UNKNOWN; METAL/ALLOY-UNKNOWN;
Height
7.5
Width
7
Length
56.5
Units Of Measurement
Centimeters
Accession No.
1983.67.5 a-d
Type of Record
Museum Artifact
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BOW SAW

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Material
METAL-STEEL;
Description
Bow or Swede saw is a large oval, hollowed, pipe saw with curve and straight metal and then curved again to create an arched shape. A 29cm portion of a broken saw blade is connected at one end of saw by rivets. Some markings on handle of saw 'MADE IN SWEDEN' is all that is legible.
Other Names
SWEDE SAW
Category
TOOLS AND EQUIPMENT FOR MATERIALS
Sub-Category
WOODWORKING TOOLS AND EQUIPMENT
Description
Bow or Swede saw is a large oval, hollowed, pipe saw with curve and straight metal and then curved again to create an arched shape. A 29cm portion of a broken saw blade is connected at one end of saw by rivets. Some markings on handle of saw 'MADE IN SWEDEN' is all that is legible.
History Of Use
Bow saw used for woodworking purposes and perhaps in forestry at times. This particular bow or Swede saw is missing a large portion of the blade.
Material
METAL-STEEL;
Width
35
Length
133
Units Of Measurement
Centimeters
Accession No.
1996.0079.0001
Photograph or Negative No.
None
Type of Record
Museum Artifact
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Bow Saw

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Material
WOOD-UNKNOWN; METAL/ALLOY-UNKNOWN;
Description
Frame type saw. The top of the frame is adjustable by a rod & screw; the middle is braced with a wood crossbar; the bottom is a fine blade secured & adjustable with handles located on the outside of the frame
Category
TOOLS AND EQUIPMENT FOR MATERIALS
Sub-Category
WOODWORKING TOOLS AND EQUIPMENT
Description
Frame type saw. The top of the frame is adjustable by a rod & screw; the middle is braced with a wood crossbar; the bottom is a fine blade secured & adjustable with handles located on the outside of the frame
History Of Use
George DeWitt 1929 - 1987. George moved to Canada from the Netherlands in 1948. He worked as a farmer, tree faller, and mink rancher. The last 25 years of his life was spent working as a Building Supervisor of the Federal Building and served as a president and vice-president of the Museum Society. His keen interests were wood carving and fossil collecting. This bow saw was used for many of George's wood works. The bow saw can easily be taken apart for storage & transport. The finer the blade, the easier it is to cut a curved line. The blade is stretched across one end of the frame and can be adjusted by twisting the handle. To tighten the blade, there is a rod and turn screw.
Material
WOOD-UNKNOWN; METAL/ALLOY-UNKNOWN;
Height
2.5
Width
34.5
Length
70.5
Units Of Measurement
Centimeters
Accession No.
1975.106.26
Type of Record
Museum Artifact
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Box saw

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Material
WOOD-UNKNOWN; METAL/ALLOY-UNKNOWN;
Description
An all metal tubular saw. It has a curved handle and a long, straight, narrow blade that is secured to the handle with metal tabs and screws which are adjustable. This adjustment can make the blade higher or lower; angled or not. Stamp on end reads 'IDEAL'.
Other Names
Saw
Swede saw
Manufacturer Notes
Ideal
Category
TOOLS AND EQUIPMENT FOR MATERIALS
Sub-Category
WOODWORKING TOOLS AND EQUIPMENT
Place Of Manufacture
Sweden
Description
An all metal tubular saw. It has a curved handle and a long, straight, narrow blade that is secured to the handle with metal tabs and screws which are adjustable. This adjustment can make the blade higher or lower; angled or not. Stamp on end reads 'IDEAL'.
History Of Use
Although this saw is called a bow, it is also known as a 'Swede' saw, named after of the country it was founded in. It is a crosscut used for bucking up firewood, cutting small timber, and some tie cutting. If it was used for cutting timber, it was really small timber because the distance between the blade & the frame is very narrow.
Material
WOOD-UNKNOWN; METAL/ALLOY-UNKNOWN;
Height
2
Width
37
Length
130.5
Units Of Measurement
Centimeters
Accession No.
1979.106.42
Type of Record
Museum Artifact

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BRACE

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Material
WOOD-UNKNOWN; METAL-STEEL; PAINT
Description
Brace has two 62cm perpendicular metal bars with 10.5cm of thread and a nut and washer on each end connected to two pieces of wood on each side measuring 39.5cm by 4cm. The wood can be adjusted along the metal pipes by tightening the bolt and nut in the wood structure. Traces of original black pa…
Category
TOOLS AND EQUIPMENT FOR MATERIALS
Sub-Category
WOODWORKING TOOLS AND EQUIPMENT
Description
Brace has two 62cm perpendicular metal bars with 10.5cm of thread and a nut and washer on each end connected to two pieces of wood on each side measuring 39.5cm by 4cm. The wood can be adjusted along the metal pipes by tightening the bolt and nut in the wood structure. Traces of original black paint.
History Of Use
Brace was used on the Bayson farm for odd jobs requiring a clamp or brace in woodworking.
Material
WOOD-UNKNOWN; METAL-STEEL; PAINT
Width
39.5
Length
62
Depth
5.5
Units Of Measurement
Centimeters
Accession No.
1979.0115.0015
Photograph or Negative No.
None
Type of Record
Museum Artifact
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Brace

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Material
METAL-STEEL;
Description
A brace is a handle that you hold in one hand, rotate the centre part with the other hand to drill holes in wood. Different size bits can be used.
Category
TOOLS AND EQUIPMENT FOR MATERIALS
Sub-Category
WOODWORKING TOOLS AND EQUIPMENT
Description
A brace is a handle that you hold in one hand, rotate the centre part with the other hand to drill holes in wood. Different size bits can be used.
History Of Use
From Chess Tholman's farm.
Material
METAL-STEEL;
Width
16
Length
35
Units Of Measurement
Centimeters
Accession No.
1978.140.8
Type of Record
Museum Artifact

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Brace

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Material
METAL/ALLOY-UNKNOWN;
Description
This item has a water tape type handle on top and a side grip handle for rotating.
Category
TOOLS AND EQUIPMENT FOR MATERIALS
Sub-Category
WOODWORKING TOOLS AND EQUIPMENT
Description
This item has a water tape type handle on top and a side grip handle for rotating.
History Of Use
The donor of this item worked for CNR a long time ago. This is one of his tools from that time. It was used by him from the 1920's to the 1930's.
Material
METAL/ALLOY-UNKNOWN;
Units Of Measurement
Centimeters
Accession No.
1987.53.22
Type of Record
Museum Artifact

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BROAD AX

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Material
METAL-STEEL; WOOD-UNKNOWN;
Description
Broad ax has a 75cm oval, wooden handle with scroll end and wide, metal, single-edged ax head. Overall length of ax head is 29cm by 20cm, one side is flat and even, the opposite side is slightly bevelled in the cheek area of ax head with gradual indentation. Handle is cream colored with black stai…
Category
TOOLS AND EQUIPMENT FOR MATERIALS
Sub-Category
WOODWORKING TOOLS AND EQUIPMENT
Description
Broad ax has a 75cm oval, wooden handle with scroll end and wide, metal, single-edged ax head. Overall length of ax head is 29cm by 20cm, one side is flat and even, the opposite side is slightly bevelled in the cheek area of ax head with gradual indentation. Handle is cream colored with black staining and old tape wrapped around for a 11cm section. The ax head has some knicks in the edge.
History Of Use
Broad ax was used for hewing round logs into square beams and/or railway ties. Handle is slightly bent away from the vertical line of the blade to protect fingers when chopping the sides of the logs. There were two ways to use the ax: 1. By standing on top of the log, the ax was used to make scores(deep vertical cuts) along the side of the log. Then the logger walked along the side of the log and "chipped" out the pieces, leaving a flat edge. 2. Using a straight handled broad ax, a logger stood on top of a felled log and swung the ax in a sideways manner to get a flat edge. This was the way in which most railway ties were made in the early 1900's.
Material
METAL-STEEL; WOOD-UNKNOWN;
Width
20
Length
96
Depth
3
Units Of Measurement
Centimeters
Accession No.
1971.0064.0009.2
Photograph or Negative No.
None
Type of Record
Museum Artifact
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BROAD AX

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Material
WOOD-UNKNOWN; METAL-STEEL;
Description
Broad ax has a 79cm oval, wooden handle with scroll end and wide, metal, single-edged curved head. Overall length of ax head is 28cm by 20.5cm, one side is flat and even, the opposite side is slightly bevelled in the cheek area of ax head with a gradual indentation. Handle is cream colored with bla…
Category
TOOLS AND EQUIPMENT FOR MATERIALS
Sub-Category
WOODWORKING TOOLS AND EQUIPMENT
Description
Broad ax has a 79cm oval, wooden handle with scroll end and wide, metal, single-edged curved head. Overall length of ax head is 28cm by 20.5cm, one side is flat and even, the opposite side is slightly bevelled in the cheek area of ax head with a gradual indentation. Handle is cream colored with black staining and visible signs of aging. The ax head has some knicks and slight mushrooming of metal on the poll or back.
History Of Use
Broad ax was used for hewing round logs into square beams and/or railway ties. Handle is slightly bent away from the vertical line of the blade to protect fingers when chopping the sides of the logs. There were two ways to use the ax: 1. By standing on top of the log, the ax was used to make scores (deep vertical cuts) along the side of the log. Then the logger walked along the side of the log and "chipped" out the pieces, leaving a flat edge. 2. Using a straight handled broad ax, a logger stood on top of a felled log and swung the axe in a sideways manner to get a flat edge. This was the way in which most railway ties were made in the early 1900's.
Material
WOOD-UNKNOWN; METAL-STEEL;
Width
20.5
Length
97.5
Depth
3.5
Units Of Measurement
Centimeters
Accession No.
1971.0064.0009.1
Photograph or Negative No.
None
Type of Record
Museum Artifact
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BROAD AXE

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Material
METAL-STEEL; WOOD-UNKNOWN;
Description
Broad ax has a 78cm oval, wooden handle with scroll end and wide, metal arc curvature single-edged head. The head of ax is 6cm wide where it connects to the handle and then it gradually curves out to a 30.5cm rounded rounded blade. Axe head is flat with a single edge blade extremely knicked and c…
Category
TOOLS AND EQUIPMENT FOR MATERIALS
Sub-Category
WOODWORKING TOOLS AND EQUIPMENT
Description
Broad ax has a 78cm oval, wooden handle with scroll end and wide, metal arc curvature single-edged head. The head of ax is 6cm wide where it connects to the handle and then it gradually curves out to a 30.5cm rounded rounded blade. Axe head is flat with a single edge blade extremely knicked and chipped on the edge. Visible cast marks on head of ax 'MADE IN GERMANY'.
History Of Use
This broad axe was a common pattern on the European Continent - Italy, Spain, France, Switzerland, Holland, Belgium and others. As saw mills and other factories were scarce or did not exist, the workmen developed different patterns for all the different work done by hand - window frames, beams, doors, joining and falling trees, shipbuilding, etc. These axes are quite common in Europe and are regularly found at markets, sales, dealers and throughout the countryside. "Everyone used an axe!" This particular axe has a chisel-edge used for squaring logs for beams and other carpenter work. All axes in B.C.were probably used in B.C. but some were brought by the immigrants. Since about the 1850's, the U.S.A. made axes in factories which were an easy available choice for B.C. workmen. There was regular sea trade to San Francisco and the pioneer hardware stores advertised the well-known brands such as DOUGLAS AXE CO. - BOSTON for example. So there was not a regular trade with Europe except for English axes, which were not up to the U.S. quality and therefore not as popular. Information was provided by Allan Klenman of 407 - 3260 Quadra St., Victoria, BC V8X 1G2
Material
METAL-STEEL; WOOD-UNKNOWN;
Width
32.5
Length
86
Depth
4
Units Of Measurement
Centimeters
Accession No.
1996.0101.0001
Photograph or Negative No.
None
Type of Record
Museum Artifact
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