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Ax-Man: A surplus of creativity

Aug 04, 2019 - Star Tribune (Minneapolis, Minnesota)

Looking for a low-voltage motor? A bin of surgical scissors? Inflatable busts of Nobel-winning geneticist Barbara McClintock? Photo slides from a stranger's 1970s vacation?

You can find all of the above on the shelves of St. Paul's Ax-Man Surplus, which for more than 50 years has sold a delightfully improbable collection of goods that are valued not for what they are, but for what they might become - inventions, sculptures, science experiments or seriously creepy Halloween displays.