From the inbox - reader Jonathan sent link below to this short but very clear doc; a fascinating look at handmade axe production in Maine and quite different from the drop forged method.
""Pioneer Axe" is a short film (ca. 1965) about the old Emerson Stevens Axe Factory in Oakland, Maine. Oakland, Maine -- like a lot of other towns in the Northeast -- used to be an industrial hub. Oakland's specialty was the manufacture of scythes and axes. The Emerson Stevens axe factory -- the last of its kind -- closed just a few months after this documentary was made.
"Pioneer Axe" probably deserves a place next to "Ben's Mill: Making a Sled" and other gems of NE life on Folkstreams.net." [Folkstreams is the mutt's... -ed.]
[11/25/13 Thanks ACL for the bump - to new readers we are giving away an Ursa Major x Topo travel kit today.]