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What chainsaw did that movie use? (Star Wars Day Edition)- Return of the Jedi (1983)

May the 4th be with you! What do you do when the Galactic Empire is invading your forest planet and your only defense involves cutting down trees, yet you are part of a pre-industrial society that hasn’t developed metal working technology? Just rely on your trusty, time tested stone ax!

Ewok with a stone axe (photo: Disney)

The Ewoks were able to use their dense forest home to their advantage against a mechanized foe.

The Empire’s AT-ST walkers proved surprising vulnerable to logs. (Photo: Disney)

The forest planet of Endor was in reality California’s redwood forests, where the filming took place. The stone axe was in reality a foam headed prop, not suitable for cutting logs at all!

One of the prop axes sold at auction in 2018 for $11,250. Movie Prop Axe (Photo Julien’s Auction)

The Lumber Museum has two stone axe heads on display in our main exhibit.

Archaeology Section, State Museum of Pennsylvania (LE/111) and (Archy NC1)

These stone axe heads represent a 3/4 groove head style of groundstone axe. Stone axes and other stone implements were common objects used by the Native Americans who lived on the land that would become known as Pennsylvania, from the end of the last Ice Age to contact with Europeans. The Pennsylvania Lumber Museum resides in the traditional homeland of the Seneca Nation, one of the Six Nations of the Iroquois (Haudenosaunee) Confederacy.