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Axe handle making, modifications, repair and more

Discussion in 'Axe, Tomahawk, & Hatchet Forum' started by Maine20, Apr 8, 2019.

  1. Fmont

    Fmont Gold Member Gold Member

    856
    Apr 20, 2017
    That K240 is absolutely amazing, what a treasure. Thanks for sharing, great info!
     
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  2. Ernest DuBois

    Ernest DuBois

    Mar 2, 2013
    In episode #2, season 1, of the series I posted previously, as seen on this thread, you can see the genuine Ulmia scrub plane in all its aspects in action as well, taking out the bow in a plank and thicknessing it.
     
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  3. Old Axeman

    Old Axeman Gold Member Gold Member

    784
    Jan 10, 2015
    I should mention that the Veritas scrub plane needed a slight rework on the tote (rear handle) to make it comfortable in my hand.
     
  4. Ernest DuBois

    Ernest DuBois

    Mar 2, 2013
    Coming from down at the but end of the stem to include the flair of the buttress which is where the head now hangs, in order to capture that thrust of grain to correspond with the shoulder, as much as possible. More than anything though this was an experiment in carving and analysis of lines, how they flow and merge in relation to the different elements of the handle like shoulder, back, foot etc..., taking things in the particular rather than the universal or general as you might find represented in a pattern lathe made or even vigorously ground and sanded handle making technique where the relationships are obscured beyond recognition.
    This wood from down there, the subject of its own peculiar characteristics like a wavy grain, yet not so wild that it runs beyond the boundary of the handle form too much. As is often the case with ash it shows the results of the formation of compression wood but not excessive otherwise it renders a handle attractive but none too functional. These and other features combining to make a piece of wood which poses certain difficulties to the handle carver and yet which can be overcome with light cuts and sharp edges and at the same time offers some advantages for handles.[​IMG]
    The concept in fact not by any means imposed because if it had been you'd not see such a wavy curvy form, with crests and troughs like that, me going instead, as a rule, for the straight shot but I ran into this bugger and had to decide either to abandon the work or go around it hoping for the best: the remains of a dead branch which has been grown over.[​IMG]
    I think the lines indicate an opening for individualizing the handle while remaining within the scope of forms that have evolved and become accepted. By no means do I claim to have reached any level of accomplishment - this I cannot even say is something that I aspire to - though to get at some refinement was instructive and helped expose a certain potential there to be gone after if the inclination exists.[​IMG] [​IMG]
    I have even gone so far, though no pictures to indicate it, as to give the handle a finish coating of raw linseed oil that will provide some initial protection against grime and not much more than that besides a darkening.
     
  5. Fmont

    Fmont Gold Member Gold Member

    856
    Apr 20, 2017
    Handsome haft. Bummer about the bark pocket, but it does add character. I suppose it's just a little wabi-sabi.

    Looks little, I wonder how far in until it's intergrown?
     
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  6. junkenstien

    junkenstien

    782
    Feb 15, 2017
    A Connecticut in Amsterdam ?
     
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  7. Miller '72

    Miller '72 Gold Member Gold Member

    Jul 25, 2017
    A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court...
    We Connie's are everywhere :D;)
     
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  8. Miller '72

    Miller '72 Gold Member Gold Member

    Jul 25, 2017
    I started with this 36" mattock handle...

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    Cut it down to size (which I soon learned was to much-needed the wood stretcher but couldnt find it:D)

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    Started to slowly carve a single bit tongue, swell and realized the haft had a bend

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    I roughed the handle out...very rough...and had my first steam straightening kitchen party...

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    Clamped it, slightly over clamped it, along the bench leg.

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    That worked great!

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    Starting to dry fit the chosen one...

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    A minor set back but turned out solid and secure

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    Collins boys axe - 2 1/4lb head -
    Originally a 36" mattock handle - widdled down to an octagonal desired straight, now 26" and 3lbs total.

    My first real attempt with a drawknife and first attempt other than thinning and accentuating the shape and curves of a replacement handle.
    Thought my unusual amount of mattock handles in my barrel...over a dozen...would make good practice and make good handles :thumbsup:
    Can only improve from here...:rolleyes::)
     
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  9. Ernest DuBois

    Ernest DuBois

    Mar 2, 2013
    Yes, we don't often see them here​
     
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  10. Square_peg

    Square_peg Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 1, 2012
    Well done!
    That's really all it takes for axe handles. Easy to straighten.
     
  11. Miller '72

    Miller '72 Gold Member Gold Member

    Jul 25, 2017
    Thanks. I was unintentionally heavy handed with the drawknife, but all the gouges and run outs have taught me a few lessons and the next one should teach me a few more ;)

    The steam and time in the jig were all less than an hour and the worst part was having to wash the pot:thumbsup:
     
  12. Malus

    Malus

    45
    Dec 24, 2018
    Tonight I spent some more time revealing the maul handle hiding in this hornbeam stave. My wife and I recently moved out of our apartment to a cottage on the lake, and man what a relief it is to get out of the city. The view while I'm working has certainly improved.
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  13. garry3

    garry3

    Sep 11, 2012
    Liven the good life, even have an answer for the mosquitoes. Handle is coming along nicely too...
     
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  14. Fmont

    Fmont Gold Member Gold Member

    856
    Apr 20, 2017
    Been shaping this on and off for awhile. Stave was riven out of 8/4 board. 20190608_203927-1738x1093.jpg 20190608_203945-1738x808.jpg
     
  15. Yankee Josh

    Yankee Josh Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 31, 2018
    Beautiful fmont! I really like that knob end. That's hickory right? Do you have a head picked out for it yet?
     
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  16. Fmont

    Fmont Gold Member Gold Member

    856
    Apr 20, 2017
    Yeah, it's the toughest freaking piece of hickory I've ever worked, too.

    It's going with a 4lb Keen Kutter Rockaway!
     
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  17. DanH45

    DanH45

    246
    Feb 12, 2015
    Looking super nice on the handle. I like your rasp too, what brand & where can I get one?
     
  18. Travbud1

    Travbud1

    65
    Aug 7, 2015
    Lots of inspiring work here fellas, thank you all for sharing pictures of your projects! There is a lot of great knowledge being shared.

    This thread has made me realize that I am in desperate need of a broad/hewing hatchet...
     
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  19. DanH45

    DanH45

    246
    Feb 12, 2015
    Me too, I almost picked up a Dunlap at last month's gun show but I was thinking at the time the guy wanted a little too much for it. Then I checked CL prices. Dooh!
     
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  20. Fmont

    Fmont Gold Member Gold Member

    856
    Apr 20, 2017
    That's an Auriou roughing rasp. I'm not sure if the new ones are exactly the same, but they're phenomenal.
     
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