Broad Axe

Project details

  • Object number – 915-JR
  • Material – Iron
  • Place of Origin – England
  • Date – First Half 17th Century
  • Context – Plowzone
  • Location – Archaearium
  • Category – Craft & Industry

There is little argument that without axes, the colonists would not have been able to fell the trees needed to build James Fort. Having a much wider blade than most, the broad axe is indispensable for hewing, the process of debarking and squaring timbers used in timber construction. Axes and hatchets are found in many of the features of the fort for felling timber and working it into useful pieces of wood was indispensable to the first colonists. The broad axe has a broad flaring blade more appropriate for hewing.