Invented by Jos. Peavey around 1850, the peavey grips a log and gives you amazing leverage while trying to cut or move it. I used one – still have it, in fact – when I lived in Bangor with Pal Nancy and our then-one-baby-family in an old farmhouse we heated with six (!) cords of wood each winter. That much wood, you buy it in 20′ lengths and buck it, unless you’re being paid more than newly – minted lawyers are, so I had plenty of occasion to wield it. I think they’d be useful down here now for wrestling with fallen trees in driveways and living rooms, but I’ve never seen one for sale in this area. Still available in Maine, I’m sure, if there’s any lumbering business left alive up there.
UPDATE: And thanks to Google, I learn that they are still made and are still available for purchase – price has gone up since 1981 but then, they last a long time.