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    log cabin build from Sweden + nice axes

    Never in my experience. But, when I replaced logs in the restoration of a historic log structure I would make a slury of crushed charred wood and ashes from the wood stove and water, paint it on the new exterior log surface with a whitewash brush and let it age until the rain washed it off. In...
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    log cabin build from Sweden + nice axes

    I would like to acknowledge the effort this young man has put into his log building project. But, pay close attention to every word Jake has posted. I would like to add some thoughts of my own to Jake's. I am talking about new log structure construction, not historic preservation of log...
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    How far back in history does axe eye mounting method date??

    John Larsen, I don't know where you got your Hawaiian canoe building information but it is not correct. The accepted authority on Hawaiian canoe building is a out of print book "The Hawaiian Canoe" by Tommy Holmes. It is very clear in chapter 5, pages 32-38, that after the tree was located...
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    How far back in history does axe eye mounting method date??

    Again, look at EdgePal's picture with the enormous amout of stone tools. There are no tools that would work well for cutting wood that have eye holes. I never said there were not any stone tools with eye holes. I said that stone tools for cutting (felling, bucking) trees worked best with the...
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    Cool gifts (projects) from my neighbor

    I used a sprinkler like that when I was young (a long time ago). If you look, the front wheel has a grove in the center which just fits over the hose as a track to follow. The sprinkler is self propelled, so what you do is stretch the hose out in a straight line or a slight curve, place the...
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    How far back in history does axe eye mounting method date??

    42-yes very possible, but certainly not practical. Practical ruled the day in Stone Age, as it still should today, in my opinion. Also it would not be an advantage for chopping wood. First, a eye hole would need to be quite large in order to accommodate a adequate haft. The eye would most likely...
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    How far back in history does axe eye mounting method date??

    We are not talking about stone tools with an eye. We are talking about a stone axe to cut wood. To cut wood you need stone that will take and hold an edge. Stone that will hold an edge is too hard to drill a hole in for a haft without a metal tool for a drill. If you have metal why would you not...
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    How far back in history does axe eye mounting method date??

    DuBois-reread my post and show me where I state a "universal denial of the existence of a Stone Age axe with an eye" I recounted my experience only. You are not only a fraud but also a royal pain in the ass.
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    How far back in history does axe eye mounting method date??

    I now live in a culture that was using stone age tools until the late 18th century, no axes or adzes with eyes. Now the pre contact Hawaiians were VERY skilled with making stone tools. They built outrigger canoes and voyaged all over the vast Pacific. An area of interest to me is how quickly the...
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    Recommendation? Handle Shaping For Hanging

    In case some of you do not know, when it was made, "An Ax To Grind" was a U S Forest Service training video and manual for U S Govt. employees only. The target audience was not without some level of ax skills. The only reason it is even available to you free is because your tax dollars paid for...
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    Recommendation? Handle Shaping For Hanging

    "An Ax To Grind" video and the manual were produced 22 yrs ago. The production was done with a camera man, sound man, etc., and a producer. Its is always sad to me, all these years later, when I am reminded of how much footage was shot, and how much I wrote for the manual, and how much was left...
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    Gizmo for tapping on a fawns foot?

    Brent-- Be sure to let us know how that rope or balsa wood handle thing works out for you.
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    Gizmo for tapping on a fawns foot?

    More BS. Adze hafts are a slip fit with the haft being driven down hard from the top, not driven hard from the bottom up and then wedged. Apples and oranges. The reason adze hafts are fit this way is so the haft can be removed easy by driving the haft out the top. And the reason you need to...
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    Spanish flea market finds & other stuff that might be of interest!

    Your chisel handles are truely a work of art. I have not worked with Holly for over 50 years, but when I did, I was at a friends place on the Potomac River in Colonial Beach Virginia. I could not believe it, the Holly trees were 12-18" in Dia. ! I have been rehanging some old chisels and gouges...
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    Gizmo for tapping on a fawns foot?

    No one who ever actually used an axe very much would ever hang the axe with a loose fit at the the bottom of the eye and then depend on the wedge to hold the head tight. Of course you have to hit the palm swell hard for a good hang. If you have read Halverson's other posts you should know by now...
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    Axe handle fitting question

    Look at figure 53, page 24 in U S Forest Service "An Ax to Grind-A Practical Ax Manual"
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    Axe +

    catspa-The slick is made by a smith named Barr Quarton. His company is BARR SPECIALTY TOOLS, McCall, Idaho. The handle shown is original Barr issue. Barr's tools are hand forged and excellent quality. My Barr slicks have been with me for 30 yrs. They hold an edge better than any other slick I...
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    Rehang opinions

    Smooth transition with very little, or no bump on the poll side of the haft. I can not begin to tell you how many hafts I have seen where a steel wedge started a split in the haft. Pick (or make) a proper haft, hang it right the first time, use the tool correctly, and you will get long service.
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    Workbench, Saw Horse, Vise, and other Holding Devices

    A lot depends on where you live. I have always lived and worked in rural areas. Hands down, 65yrs of farm and ranch auctions has been the best for me. Auction house sales are also good. Look up auctioneers in the phone book and call them. In some areas garage sales will be good. I always enjoyed...
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    Workbench, Saw Horse, Vise, and other Holding Devices

    I am starting to think this was not a good idea!
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