1) To ‘snathe’ was to cut off twigs and branches.

1570 great timber … muche spoiled with snaithinge, Topcliffe

1642 yow are to snath of all the small twigges and boughes, Elmswell. It gave its name to a type of axe, one used to make husbandry implements such as flail staffs, rake shafts and the like: 1642 Hee hayth for this purpose a little broad snathinge axe, Elmswell.

spellings snathing axe
dates 1570 1642

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