Many of us have only seen a tree chopped down with an axe in the movies, or on TV and fail to recognize the danger or finesse involved in felling even a small tree: A tree can be hacked down in a haphazard, laborious
fashion or it can be dropped easily and quickly exactly where you want it to go.
Fayette R. Plumb Inc. engaged ‘America’s Champion Chopper’ Peter McLaren to write an axe manual for their product- the redoubtable Plumb Axe. Though it was published in the 1930’s the advice us as relevant today as it was then. Photo illustrations make the concise text descriptions easy to understand.
A pdf version is available to download.
The logger chopping champion axes were a promotional axe made by Plumb. The logger pictured on the axe was an Australian named Peter McLaren from Gippsland in the State of Victoria. McLaren was a world champion woodchopper who engaged in the competion sport of wood chopping. He was employed by Plumb to promote their axes. The Plumb axe was the most popular axe in Australia between the two world wars.
I have a few PLUMB axes Hatchets. My Favorite is a Plumb Trophy Axe with a Logger Chopping Champion Axe.
It is real nice does anyone know when these were given out and where????
This was on the MAKE blog a little bit ago; it’s a guide to axes, published by the US gov’t (Forestry service, if I’m not mistaken) way back when.