Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Look out for Chumps with Axes!

I found this hilarious passage about axe safety in a book called Shelters,
Shacks, and Shanties by D.C. Beard written back in 1914. I'm reading this thing all serious and then came to the "chump section." I had no idea this word was being used back then like it is today.

Here it is:



"All edged tools are dangerous when in the hands of "chumps," dangerous to themselves and to any one else who is near them. For instance, only a chump will use an axe when its head is loose and is in danger of flying off the handle; only a chump will use his best axe to cut roots or sticks lying flat on the ground where he is liable to strike stones and other objects and take the edge off the blade. Only a chump will leave an axe lying around on the ground for people to stumble over; if there is a stump handy at your camp and you are through using the axe, strike the blade into the top of the stump and leave the axe sticking there, where it will be safe from injury."


  1. The etymology of "chump" indicates it may have been around since the early 1700s.

    Ironically, it also means: a short, thick piece of wood.

    Which is hilarious in correlation to a discussion involving axes!