The story of Maine is in many ways the story of the axe. So important to Maine was the axe that at one time nearly 200 companies forged axes in the Pine Tree State. Eventually, all of these companies closed their doors due to the increased use of chain saws in the woods and the import of cheaper foreign axes.
Mark Ferguson, Steve Ferguson and Barry Worthing are changing all that by bringing axe making back to Maine. From their South Portland shop, Brant & Cochran, they are producing a Maine wedge pattern camp axe they call the “Allagash Cruiser.” This axe is forged from U.S. 1050 carbon steel, hung on a Maine white ash handle, and masked with a Maine-crafted custom leather sheath.
“It is important to Maine to have an axe company. It’s in the state’s DNA. It would be like Wisconsin saying they weren’t going to make cheese anymore, and that’s just not right.” – Mark Ferguson
Making axes is only one facet of Brant & Cochran’s mission to “Make, Educate & Curate.” They also have a passion to educate people on the proper use and care of axes, to restore vintage axes, and to curate the rich history of axe making in Maine.
Mark, Steve and Barry will demonstrate axe making, hafting, and care at Boothbay Railway Village on Friday, August 3.