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David Maydole: An "Adz" Eye for Innovation - Virtual Exhibit Launch


The Chenango County Historical Society (CCHS) is proud to announce an all-new virtual exhibit launch at 3:30 pm on June 20. “David Maydole: An ‘Adz’ Eye for Innovation” will celebrate the remarkable legacy of an Oxford blacksmith whose hammer redesign changed toolboxes forever. Maydole’s adz-eye hammer, with the wooden handle fitting into the hammer’s blade, was much safer than previous versions of the tool. Having resolved the worry of a hammer head “flying off the handle,” Maydole became the largest hammer manufacturer in the United States. Even after his death in 1892, the Maydole Hammer Factory continued to innovate with a variety of new product lines - including ice skates! - until its closing in 1961.