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Saturday, June 30, 2012

Hatchets in the Middle Ages

Who knew there was so much to know about hatchets?

In doing my research for my book about Jacques Cartier, I came across this picture of a French hatchet dated to the Middle Ages.

I love the contours of the blade. It sparks my imagination for some reason.

This is the type of hatchet that Cartier would have traded with the natives of Newfoundland and along the banks of the St. Lawrence river in the area of Quebec between 1534-1541.


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