Axe whetters and chafed stone on Axe Whetter’s Bridge, Melsungen, Schwalm-Eder district, Hesse
In the medieval ages, many citizens of Melsungen lived by cutting down wood in the forests surrounding the town. Every morning, when the woodchoppers made their way to the nearby forest, they stopped on the bridge, which is made from fine sand stone, to whet their axes. The traces of this habit are easily visible. The citizens of Melsungen are still nicknamed the axe whetters. The two full-sized figures of woodchoppers with their axes were installed in the 1990s as a donation by B.Braun, a Melsungen-based company worldwide known for making medical devices and supplies. They were pioneers in the use of plastics in the medical field.