The Song of the Broad Axe

A documentary about creating something from nothing. 

The axe is a symbolic stand-in for the movement towards civilization — the idea of taking something rough, raw materials, and turning it into something useful — through a combination of brawn, pluck and skill.
— Matt Bolinder, owner Speckled Ax

The poetic documentary film, The Song of the Broad Axe, uses an iconic object to explore the lives of people who have chosen to live a more purposeful life -- one that involves using an axe on a daily basis. The film consists of a series of vignettes structured around the theme of building a life for yourself, through the lines of Walt Whitman’s 1856 poem, “Song of the Broad Axe.”

Each vignette explores how people use this tool to create purpose in their life, despite the availability of faster, more efficient ways of doing things. This film gives a glimpse into the worlds of competitive axe throwers, woodsmen team coaches, axe historians, axe makers, and home builders. Ultimately The Song of the Broad Axe is a film about finding your place in the world and the tools that you use to do it. 

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