Thanks guys. And yes, it can chop stuff. It has a hardened high carbon steel blade and has been sharpened. Hickory handle and all, it's a legitimate weapon. It's a bit heavy compared to an actual war/battle axe but it's close.
Not sure if this qualifies as "art" but why not?
Comparison with the source material:
My fat ass holding it for scale:
All the rest of the pics are here:
Fun project, it's actually a semi-usable weapon instead of the obnoxious monstrosities I usually make.