About this objectThis axe is used to cut a cavity into timber into which another piece of timber is fitted. The blade was long and allowed the user to cut into areas that could be described as difficult. The blade was of course kept very sharp and the result was generally as professional as ones cut with a chisel. This long blade was protected when not in use by a leather sleeve. This is an indication of the respect the owner had for so many such implements used in the early days. this axe from Mr. Keith Burge who lived on his property called "Arkell" near Trunkey Creek. It was one of the earliest land grants within the bathurst district. Many of the old buildings and wooden fences on "Arkell" is evidence of the old mortice axe's work used by some expert many years ago.
From the original Viv Kable catalogue exhibit register.