Old Rustic Two-Sided Axe Ready for a Farmhouse or Lodge Decor


(full item description/condition info can be found below story)

Jonathan Brummer appreciated a good axe when he saw one. In fact, the Wausau, Wisconsin native could rarely pass up buying an axe and so his garage was full of them. Although Jon was a barber by trade, he longed to be a professional lumberjack. Little did the men of Wausau know that while he was trimming their hair, he was actually dreaming of chopping down trees.

Mrs. Brummer on the other hand, really didn't understand Jon's fascination with axes and she thought it odd that he kept several of his favorite axes in the back of the family station wagon-- just in case there was an emergency situation that required an axe. She would roll her eyes whenever Jon opened up the rear tailgate to check on his axes and she was quick to make excuses when the grocery store bag boy had to lift the grocery bags over the collection of axes.

Irony played in Jonathan's favor when Wausau was hit by a freak wind storm back in the spring of 1957. Jon and his wife were driving home from the store after the violent storm when they came across a school bus which was stopped in the middle of the road, embraced by a huge oak tree. Jon slammed on the brakes, jumped out of the car and ran to see if anyone was hurt. He peered in the windows to see a group of panicking school children and a frazzled looking bus driver.

"WE CAN'T GET OUT! ...THE DOOR AND WINDOWS ARE BLOCKED BY THE LIMBS!!!" The excited bus driver yelled to Lester.

Jon tried to control the glee he felt as he raced back to his station wagon to grab one of his axes. He choose his favorite old two-edged axe for the job.

There are still a few people around Wausau who remember that stormy day back in '57 when a "hero" axe-wielding barber came to the rescue of a bus-load of school children, chopping off tree limbs with abandon to make good their escape.

Here's a cool old rustic axe, nicely distressed and ready for your farmhouse or lodge decor. This two-sided axe measures 34.5" long with a 10" X 4.5" head and weighs almost 5 lbs. We could find no manufacturer marks. We think it is from the 1950s but it may well be older than that. We are selling this as a decorator item although it could probably still be used but would recommend replacing the handle.

As mentioned above, this axe has wonderful patina of distressing from years of use and storage. The wood handed is rough and well worn with lots of chips, scratches but is still structurally sound. The metal head is a little loose but still firmly attached to the handle. The metal has rust and pitting but no cracks or integrity issues.

This item will ship via FedEx Ground to the lower 48 USA States, Please be sure and provided a physical shipping address (no PO Boxes). We can also ship it to Alaska/Hawaii/US Territories but it will run a little more for shipping by USPS--Convo us for a shipping rate prior to purchasing for those locations.

You might also consider this rustic axe: https://www.etsy.com/listing/204022793/old-rustic-axe-ready-for-a-farmhouse-or

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The following items can't be returned or exchanged

Because of the nature of these items, unless they arrive damaged or defective, I can't accept returns for:

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