“Forging the Long Lake Ax”

“Snapshot Saturday”

A blacksmith forges steel into an ax.

John Cummins studied the picture of the ax head found at Long Lake, near Hastings, Michigan. He wrote the dimensions on his chalk board and did some calculations. With great care and anticipation, he set about forging an exact replica in the blacksmith shop on the home grounds of the National Muzzle Loading Rifle Association at Friendship, Indiana.

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2 Responses to “Forging the Long Lake Ax”

  1. Rancocas says:

    I hope you include a photo of the finished product.

    I’m happy to be back looking over your doings. I was lost for some time when my old machine crashed. It has taken several months for me to find my way through the wilderness. I’m back now, however I’ve already had some problems with this new machine. I reckon I can understand old Ben’s key on a kite string in a thunderstorm, but beyond that, electricity baffles me.

    Meanwhile, I’m enjoying going back and reading your posts that I had missed while I was gone.

    • Dennis Neely: Traditional Woodsman says:

      The finished ax is shown in the “How-To” area of this site. Scroll down to “Tomahawk Guard: Intro,” then scroll right to “Tomahawk: Bit Guard.” I hope that helps.

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