Splitting Axe And Wedge

Splitting axes and wedges were used to split logs into boards or in half for flooring.

Location:
300 North St., Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, 17120
Institution:
State Museum of Pennsylvania

Broad Axe

The broad axe was used to square timber after it was cut to length and scored. In order to be squared, a log is anchored in place with iron dogs, made by the smith. The axe was the primary tool of the pioneer. It was used for felling trees, scoring, hewing, and corner notching. The broad axe was used to square timber after it was cut to length and scored.

Location:
300 North St., Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, 17120
Institution:
State Museum of Pennsylvania