Maine Axes

Maine-made axes

Maine-made axes

Here’s a photo of my two favorite axe heads.  The top one is one that I managed to find a few years ago; an original Emerson and Stevens, made in Oakland, Maine.  This is the axe head that Geoff Burke sent to Sweden when Gransfors Bruks needed a template of a good American felling axe.  They based their design on it.  I haven’t used it, and am thinking about giving it to my son when he’s old enough, and good enough with the axe, to appreciate it.

The bottom axe I got from Don Merchant at Pole And Paddle Canoe.  He used it for a few years before entrusting me with it.  It was made by the John King Axe Company, also from Oakland, Maine.  After a bit of research, I think it was made in the early 1940’s.  The steel’s ability to hold an edge is amazing.  I have it on a 30″ handle that Don carved.

I’ve got others, including some vintage Snow And Neally’s (Bangor, Maine – are you seeing the trend?), and some with no name on them. I’ve spoken with several people about axes recently.  My advice to them, and to anyone looking for a good axe is to give Don a call before you buy a new one.  He usually has a few old ones in stock, and if they don’t have a handle he can carve one and hang it for you.

Lastly, always keep in mind that whatever tool you have, it’s the user that makes it work.




Our Sites
· JMB Field School – Long-Term Immersion: Semester & Expedition Programs
· JMB Trips – Classic Wilderness Guiding By Canoe & Snowshoe
· JMB Folk School – Short Courses, Crafts & Lodge-Based Programs
· School Of The Forest – Teen & Youth Programs
· JM Outfitters – The World’s Smallest Outfitter
· JMB Master Calendar – Complete List Of Scheduled Programs

Typos, Etc.
Note: Anything that appears to be an error in spelling or grammar is actually the author’s clever use of the vernacular, and as such is not an error, but rather a carefully placed literary device that demonstrates his writing prowess.


Our Email List
Join our email list; it’s the best way to keep up with what we’re up to. We promise to never fill your inbox with junk and we never share or sell your information. We value your time and privacy. We won’t abuse either of them. More Info.

Featured In:
Jack Mountain Bushcraft Media Appearances Image

Life Member – MPGA
mpga graphic
Life Member – MWGO
mwgo graphic