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"The Ax," by Amanda Asbil, Secondary 3, Joliette High School, Joliette (3rd Prize, 2014 QAHN Heritage Photo Contest)

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"The Ax," by Amanda Asbil, Secondary 3, Joliette High School, Joliette (3rd Prize, 2014 QAHN Heritage Photo Contest)

This old, red ax is part of Quebec’s cultural heritage. The wooden handle is smooth and worn. The red paint is chipping off the head of the ax and the steel has scars from its past. This ax has chopped so many pieces of wood and it is more reliable than a piece of machinery.

This ax is part of Quebec’s cultural heritage, because the timber industry played a major role back in the 1700’s. When forests were cleared for farms and when railroads were built, axes were used. When log houses were in construction and boats were being built they used axes. The ax played a very important role in the way of life here in Quebec and in Canada.

It is also a symbol of our way of life here. When winter arrives, most of us heat our homes by burning wood in our wood stoves. Even with technology, we still heat our homes traditionally with a crackling fireplace.

The ax has contributed greatly to Quebec’s heritage and continues to serve it’s purpose to this day.