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Cooper’s axe

The hammer, which comes in a variety of shapes and sizes, is a tool utilised by farriers and blacksmiths, as well as by stone dressers, shoemakers and roofers. The wooden mallet is used in particular by coopers. Cutting tools such as hatchets, axes and doloires (wagoner’s axes) are the province of craftsmen in wood, such as house carpenters and coopers.

Cooper’s axe

Photo R. Nourry

Flowing staircase
(1825)

Musée du Compagnonnage

8 rue Nationale
37000 Tours
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