I have been obsessing over axes lately (even more than usual). Perhaps it’s because we recently moved into town, and apart from a hike last weekend, I haven’t been in the woods nearly as much as I am used to. So I just finished watching a video (below) that details the manufacturing of Council Tool’s Velvicut Premium Hudson Bay Axe. I know James at 10engines also posted this vid quite awhile ago.
North Carolina based Council Tool is one of just a few remaining axe makers in the U.S., an unfortunate consequence of the times. They also happen to supply Best Made Company, which originally sourced axes from Maine-based Snow & Nealley before switching. Speaking of, I have a Snow & Nealley that could use a little work in the woods.
If I were to buy a new axe right now, it would probably be a Council Velvicut. And while I appreciate the ethos and design sensibilities of Best Made Co and Base Camp X, if I was going to drop over $200 on an axe alone, it would definitely be a John Neeman.
It remains to be seen what my local Portland, Oregon, axe makers have up their sleeves, but I am looking forward to the launch of Trust Co. this year.