Felling Axe

Project details

Felling Axe
  • Object number – 1899-JR
  • Material – Iron
  • Place of Origin – England
  • Date – Early17th century
  • Context – The Factory
  • Location – Archaearium
  • Category – Craft & Industry

Axes and hatchets for felling timber and working it into useful pieces of wood were indispensable to the first colonists. The felling axe, which has a long narrow blade, was used to chop down trees as it has a more elongated and rigid blade excellent for deep, gouging cuts. As James Fort was built from upright logs, tools like this felling axe were a necessary part of the colonial tool kit. The use of axes in association with military fortifications dates back to the era of Roman legions were the construction of forts far from the core of Rome were necessary to expand the empire.