Topping axe

identifier

MOT V Dv 0540

morphology

craft

holotype

MOT V Dv 0540 L=38cm WD=18cm WT=850gr. Inscription: 540.
description

When cutting down large trees, it is sometimes necessary to remove their crowns first to prevent the tree from hanging, to reduce weight and prevent cracking, etc. This is usually done with a topping axe.

It is a light axe of about 0.8 to 1.5 kg with a relatively narrow (6.5-7 cm) and long (20-27 cm) blade, on a handle of 40-50 cm.

The specialized craftsman is on his climbing tracks and is stopped by a rope. He usually works with one hand. If the lumberjack does the work himself, he often uses the woodman's axe. [MOT]