New handle for an old hand forged gutter adze
head from the Danish island Omø.
I had the luck to buy some wonderful old tools from a Danish carpenter.
Among these tools were this beautiful old gutter adze head, hand forged on a small Danish island called Omø, a local islander blacksmith there made this way back as you can see.
In Danish we call the tool: tængsel, huljern, huløkse.
As always I prefer a restore as gentle as possible, so I grinded of the bended edges, since these are dangerous in use, due to the fact they can fly of and make great damage, Also I cleaned up as much as needed for making a new cutting edge.
Had this wonderful piece of wood on a shelf for a long time and now seemed like the right time and project to put it to use. Not sure what it is, so I will just call it oakish.
Cut it to size and sketched up my basic idea for the shape.
Then roughed out on the band saw and this was the rough basic shape to work from.
Sawing can be done with a hand saw also.
With a draw knife shaping the top for fitting the head.
Cut a grove for a wedge.
Bang it in place.
Now shape with the draw knife and spoke shave, take it in your hand once in a while to ensure your hand and eye like the same.
I use a card scraper for finish, as this is an old adze, I will leave the tool marks but make a nice smooth surface to hold.
Wedge are banged in place I give it white glue also.
Linseed oil, plenty and my brand in the handle.
The old adze now got a new life in a new home.
I feel lucky.
Here the tools I bought from the carpenter, you can see the adze head there.
Hope again to be able to share some energy, to perhaps even inspire others to bring some old tools back to life,
Best of thoughts,
-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.