Pecks Place Publishing

Southern Raised Ridge Axes

This book is a recording of some of the finest and rarest axes ever found in the Southeastern United States, the Southern Ridge Axe. Included are description, size, lithic material, weight, and general location of where each was found.

The Southern Raised Ridge Axe type is one of the most stylized of the many thousands of axes found east of the Appalachian Mountains. This axe type whose makers were artists who sought out the beautiful and fine lithic material and sculpted it into some of the most beautiful axes ever recorded from the Eastern United States.

This book covers hafting technique, manufacturing, and other aspects of the axe. Different types and descriptions are given for the seven major variants, the Southern Classic Raised Ridge Axe, Round Poll, Pointed Poll, Double Bitted, Deptford, Three Quarter, and the Miami River types. There are many pictures of each type with data provided on each.

Southern Raised Ridge Axes

SOUTHERN RAISED RIDGE AXES by Rodney M. Peck may be ordered from the author.

Cost is $20.00 each plus $5.00 p/h

  • 84 pages
  • Softbound, Perfect Binding
  • 8 ½ x 11
  • Over 100 pictures
  • Many illustrations
  • Large reference

    This is the ONLY book of its kind available and is limited to only 300 copies.!

Southern Raised Ridge Axes
COOK COUNTY, TENNESSEE: A very nice full grooved raised ridge axe from Cooke County, Tennessee. Ex. Robert (Bob) Morast collection. 8 long, 4 1/2 wide, 1 7/8 thick, weighs 3 pounds, 12 ounces. Material is Greenstone. Collection of Rodney Peck.
Southern Raised Ridge Axes
UPPER CATAWBA RIVER - BURKE CO., N.C.: This large classic southern raised ridge axe was found years ago in the Upper Catawba River basin in Burke County, North Carolina. It is symmetrical, well made and shows no signs of ancient use wear or damage. Size: 9 1/2 long, 5 1/2 wide, 2 1/4 thick, weighs 5 pounds, 1 ounce. Photo by and in the collection of Ron Harris.


Southern Raised Ridge Axess
HUMPHREYS COUNTY, TENNESSEE: A pair of raised ridge axes with nice ridges and flat poles. Top one is 7 1/2 long, 3 3/4 wide, 1 1/2 thick and weighs 2 pounds, 12 ounces. Material is a fine granite. Ex Floyd Ritter collection. Lower axe is 7 long, 4 1/2 wide, 1 7/8 thick and weighs 3 pounds, 8 ounces. Material is greenstone. Ex John F. Berner collection. Both are in the collection of Rodney Peck.
Southern Raised Ridge Axes
STOKES COUNTY, NC: A highly polish, well used raised ridge axe from Stokes County, NC. Material is Diorite. 7 7/8 long, 5 wide, 2 3/8 thick, weighs 5 pounds, 7 ounces. Collection of Rodney Peck.


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