Farm machinery always needs repair and 18th century implements were no exception:
1799 Mr. Thomas Barnett to Jno. Stevens £
Thomas Barnett lived on what is now called Milan farm on Island Creek Neck. In those days, axe heads were made of iron with a hammer forged steel blade. To steel an axe apparently meant to repair the blade. A colter was the steel wedge on a plow. Prices are given in pounds and shillings. Stevens apparently operated a blacksmith shop.