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WANTED: QUALITY TOMAHAWK IMAGES
Greetings From TATCA,
I am now soliciting images from you guys for use in my "The Iron Tomahawk" book project. I am hoping to make this a great book with many never before seen axes and tomahawks and worthy of the work of the better antique weapons book authors like Peterson and Hartzler & Knowles. I am relying on you guys to help me accumulate and select the best stuff from your collections to go in the final product.
Here are the guidelines in helping you produce the best images for the book.

1). Please try to select axes that have as few questions as to authenticity or use as a weapon as possible. As we all know, many obviously good axes have lousy documentation, while more then a few questionable ones have "alleged" pedigrees so try not to make your selections based solely on documentation but rather use the discriminating skills you have learned though the years to make reasonable selections.
There will be some in the book that are familiar classics like many of Jim Dressler's
spectacular collection, but I am just as excited about the prospect of having many formally un-published hawks in the book.
2). Full length photos of axes should include only those with original hafts. Unlike many tomahawk books in the past I plan to have others besides pipe axes in the color section so any spike or hammer pole axes with original hafts are welcome for consideration in that section. All Axes with replacement or display handles should be shown head only.

3). Images should be either high resolution digital or 35mm sent to me on disk. The best background colors for axes for our needs should be non-reflective white or or a very light gray. All head only shots should have low glare, off white backgrounds. Quite often the best angle to show heads only is a profile with a slight bit of the top/eye showing as in many of Neumann's photos.

4). The reason I am appealing to you guys is I feel you guys have some axes/tomahawks that are worthy with sharing with the world of those who can best appreciate them. This is not an open invitation to those who would seek to raise the value of a questionable piece by getting it published but rather a joint project to bring some very top shelf, but lesser known pieces to light.
6) Why should I bother?
Why not? You've spent years collecting these things so why not get some of the recognition you deserve because as disturbing as it might be to some, like it or not we are pretty much having to become what are thought of by many as the experts in the field of tomahawks so it is time to rise to the occasion.

Also
 It doesn't take rocket science to figure out that the values on published axes can double, triple or more and just because you're filthy rich and don't care whether your axes ever go up in value consider your kids. And being able to say "See the picture of the tomahawk in the book? See the one in my hand? Same one" has a way of making those nosy inlaws that have always expressed doubts about your hobby hush the hell up in a hurry.
You might ask?
Am I doing a "Kuck" book to make my collection worth more?
Hell nah. Only a few of mine are worthy of the book and besides, except
a couple of misidentified pieces I kinda like Kucks book for what it is.
And
Also, god forbid any of us have a fire or theft it would be a good thing to be able to show our axes in a book to a insurance adjuster and as for a thief would be a lot easier for him to sell a unknown tomahawk on the market  then one "everybody knows because it is in the book and is so-and-so's" and put your hands behind your back...etc.

7).
8). Need I say more?
Please respond with your interest, views, concerns and questions.
Best regards,
Tim Smith
TATCA
pipeax@lycos.com