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    #16
    My father bought me a double bit Plumb cruisers axe of that same vintage, when I was in the sixth grade. It was a great axe, l limbed many cords of trees with it. Those older axes were well made as chain saws were relatively new back then and were very heavy, axes were still used a lot in the logging industry. I also built some wonderful log "Forts" with it too. My first camping & canoe trips were taken with that axe, I didn't know about single bits until I was older. I would still be using it, but it was lost, when my childhood home burned down about twenty-five years ago. A friend of the family dug a big hole with his D-8 cat, shoved the burnt husk of the house in the hole, then covered it with the dirt from the hole. There is a nice stand of white spruce growing there now.
    "All I had were a few flies tucked into the band of my hat and an a old beaten-up Heddon rod, that had been on many trips." Sigurd F. Olson

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      #17
      With birhday money from my grandparents, I bought a myself a small Plumb hand hatchet at the local Coast to Coast iwhen I was 12 or 13 (Late 70's ). I am pretty sure it would have been on the cheap end of the spectrum. I still have it but never really loved it.

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        #18
        BB brought back some Great memories for me !
        As a kid in the early 60's, my best friend and I built a "Fort", on some, near by vacant land that was over grown with Ash.
        We each "Borrowed" our Dad's hand axes. I Loved that small hatchet ! I could easily fell a 6" Sapling !
        We used Stripped bark from the Ash, for lashings. Stored Stolen green apples in the Fort. Cooked Cambells soup in a Folgers Coffee can, and Fried up our first Barn Pigeon, in bacon grease.
        The pigeon was harvested with our Daisy pump BB guns. All on a Sterno Stove !

        That was Camping !

        Jim
        Keep your paddle wet, and your seat dry !

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          #19
          I wonder now, "What were the poor people's children doing for fun?" We were so wealthy back in those days that we could save those great memories for the future. I bet you forgot to mention smoking those corn silk cigarettes or maybe you experimented with Kinnikinnick the traditional Native American smoke in a pipe like we did.
          One of the neighbor farm boys found a ragged tarp that had blown off it's load into the ditch. We moved that tarp around to different "forts" in a nomadic fashion depending on the season, with primitive tump line, each kid trying to outdo the others in how far we could portage a that heavy tarp. Wonderful memories of speared pike, suckers & sheepshead dinners baked on a plank. In season we feasted on roasted sweet corn. In the Autumn we hunted grouse with single shot .22's. Steven's Favorite being the rifle we all coveted.
          "All I had were a few flies tucked into the band of my hat and an a old beaten-up Heddon rod, that had been on many trips." Sigurd F. Olson

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            #20
            I'm not sure where I got this Plumb but I use it to help out when cutting firewood. Not that I ever pinched a bar, but in case I do I'm told it's good to have an ax handy. Not sure of the weight but it's a 27" handle. I ground the head back to square.

            Last edited by Robin; 03-25-2018, 06:52 AM.

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              #21
              [QUOTE=Robin;n78618]I'm not sure where I got this Plumb but I use it to help out when cutting firewood. Not that I ever pinched a bar, but in case I do I'm told it's good to have an ax handy. Not sure of the weight but it's a 27" handle. I ground the head back to square.



              Robin,
              Can't see the photos.
              Jon
              Last edited by Robin; 03-25-2018, 06:51 AM.
              ...better to be up the creek without a paddle than not be on the water at all!!!

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                #22
                Same here Robin

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                  #23
                  Initially I could see Robin's photos in this post. Not any more.

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                    #24
                    Originally posted by alsg View Post
                    Initially I could see Robin's photos in this post. Not any more.

                    I'm note sure if Google Photos is all that reliable to share pics anymore.

                    Here are the pics

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                      #25
                      Nice axes, Robin and alsg. Alsg, looks like yours has been used pretty hard, maybe chopping roots? (don't we all have an axe for that?). I would take the 3 way compromise route-preserve/restore/use it, which would reflect its value, condition, and sentimental value. Like you said- knock off the loose paint and the oil the handle, sharpen the bit, keep off rust with an occasional oiling, and use it!

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                        #26
                        By the way, I have a Plumb hewing hatchet from the 80's with the epoxy hafting. If this turns into a "show me your axes" picture and story thread, that
                        's fine by me!

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