Dell’s Leather Works

Pioneer Felling Axe Sling

"To be made of oak tanned sole, or stout harness leather, 10" long at bottom, 1" wide at pole end, and 1/2" wide at edge end, bottom filled with leather 3/4" deep and 3/4" wide at pole end, and 1/4" at edge end.  Height of case, 5-3/4" at pole end, 5-1/2" in center, and 6" at edge end, with leather filling in this end, 1/4" wide and 3/4" deep, a small strap 5/8" wide, 6-1/4" long, with a 7/8" roller buckle and loop, sewn on each side of the middle of the case, with 18 stitches for buckle and loop, and 16 stitches for tongue strap, made of good bridle leather, carrying strap, 4' 5" long, 1" broad, with a 1-1/4" roller buckle, to shorten or lengthen the strap, and 10 holes at proper distances, to receive the tongue of the buckle, buckle and loop sewn on together, with 20 stitches and with a leather lining underneath the buckle 2-1/2" long and 2" wide at broad end, narrowed at the other to width of strap, strap sewn to the axe case at each end by 20 stitches each, and having a leather circular loop, 2-1/4" in diameter and 1" wide, sewn to the strap by 10 stitches at a distance of 15" from the top of the axe case to hold the axe handle." 

  1. Quartermaster’s Manual, Prepared by James McElhinney, National Regiment Staff Engineer 1996 “CIVIL WAR PIONEERS”.
  2. A Reenactor’s Notebook, Duties, Organization of Equipage of Infantry Pioneers compiled for use in Living History and Reenacting.

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