A company grounded in hard work
Snow & Nealley is owned by a member of one of Maine’s Amish communities. Axes are tempered and assembled in a shop perched on an old farm. The owner and the production staff depend on hand tools for daily work, and strive to build axes that are a delight to use.
Our Best Axes is an authorized distributor of Snow & Nealley products. Since the Amish do not use the internet, Snow & Nealley does not have an official website, and no website posing as the official Snow & Nealley website is authorized.
Our Best Axes is the result of our family’s interest in providing Maine’s best axes to the world. Lucas is the son of the owner of Snow & Nealley, and is excited about offering these legendary axes online. In addition to operating a small online store, we thrive on gardening, reading, foreign languages, and the outdoors. We are privileged to live and work in beautiful, wet northwest Pennsylvania.
In addition to Our Best Axes, we operate a small eBay store. You’re invited! You can have a look at our profile below.
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Jason, a skilled craftsman from California, buys Snow and Nealley heads and fits them with custom handles. In this post, he describes a recent trip with several of his custom axes--and shares photos of his beautiful work. Took the set up into the San Bernardino range this week. The highest peak goes to 11,500 feet. [...]
Jason is a craftsman from California who recently bought a Snow and Nealley Hudson Bay head. He fitted it to a handmade olivewood handle. Below, he reviews his experience with the American steel axe head. When we talk about heritage there are many directions from which we come. This land I walk was first documented [...]
When you pick up a Snow and Nealley axe, you'll notice one thing: it's a beautiful tool. The purposeful curves of the handle, the graceful taper of the head, the "Smyrna, Maine" burned into the wood serve to remind us that this axe was assembled by hand in a crafstman's shop, and is built with [...]
Do you love splitting firewood? The heft of the handle in your hand, the satisfying thwack as the wood gives under your maul, the pile of fresh pieces slowly growing—chopping wood can be a very satisfying experience. I'll admit that I never greatly enjoyed cutting firewood in the woods. Running a crosscut saw is pleasant [...]
This week, our family went camping at the lovely Cook Forest State Park. It's not far from here, and it has some of the oldest trees in the eastern United States. We were staying in a rustic cottage, but cooked all our meals outside. For managing our firewood, we chose this handsome Snow & Nealley [...]