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Blog series by mafe updated 05-13-2015 10:18 PM 7 parts 42234 reads 97 comments total

Part 1: Making a leather sheath for a axe or adze.

04-08-2011 07:13 PM by mafe | 11 comments »

Axes, Adzes and Drawknife’smaking a leather sheath for an axe or adze. This is first part of a little series where I will go through the types of, making sheaths, and handles for axes, adzes and drawknife’s, it will not be a general teaching, just me telling of how I do what I learned, and the types I have. Making a leather sheath: First you need some good leather, I personally use a thick hard pressured front piece cowhide app. 2 mm (I believe you call it harness leather in US), thi...

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Part 2: Making a leather sheath for a axe or adze.

04-08-2011 08:44 PM by mafe | 15 comments »

Axes, Adzes and Drawknife’s part IImaking a leather sheath for an axe or adze. This is second part of a little series where I will go through the types of, making sheaths, and handles for axes, adzes and drawknife’s, it will not be a general teaching, just me telling of how I do what I learned, and the types I have. Making a leather sheath II sewing: For the sewing you will need needles and waxed thread or at least thread and a block of wax. So now it’s time to ride the pony...

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Part 3: Drawknifes restore and MaFe's sheath types

09-16-2011 09:12 PM by mafe | 11 comments »

Drawknives restore and MaFe’s sheath types. we are back in Gepetto’s tool cabinet. Some old drawknives from E-bay, it might seem to be trash, but with a little work they are back to life.Also I will show how to make a ‘sheath. This blog is dedicated to Andy (Brit) since I know he have a few on his way these days. Old stuff price a few Euros, and it is often possible to make buys like this.I know ‘trash to some’ priceless to others (me by the way). Ano...

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Part 4: Drawknifes restore and MaFe's sheath types

09-17-2011 12:42 AM by mafe | 32 comments »

Drawknives restore and MaFe’s sheath types. we are back in Gepetto’s tool cabinet. This is part two of the drawknives restore and MaFe’s sheath type’s blog.In this part the handles will be mounted and we will make a sheath. This blog is dedicated to Andy (Brit) since I know he have a few on his way these days. This was where we left last blog, knife blades and handles. Break up the old, be careful not to bang your chisel into the metal! This old handle was act...

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Part 5: New handle for an old hand forged gutter adze.

05-13-2015 06:05 PM by mafe | 8 comments »

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 dangero...

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Part 6: Restore an old French axe - handle and care detailed.

05-13-2015 06:43 PM by mafe | 11 comments »

Restore an old French axe handle and care detailed. Some years back I bought a few wonderful axe heads from France, this is one of them and how it came back to life. (This is a old series of pictures I just found on my computer from my old workshop. guess they never got out). ;-) Here the tools that came from France. Step one is to grind of any bend out edges, since these are potentially a danger.(Yes I was a boy scout once and did get the axe medal – smiles). This is what ...

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Part 7: Carpenters adze - making a handle.

05-13-2015 10:18 PM by mafe | 9 comments »

Carpenters adze making a handle I’m not an expert in adzes but after what I have read, this is a carpenters adze du to the shape of the head.It was a gift from a boat builder some years back.This is how it got a handle. In Danish it’s called a: skar økse. I made some study on the web and found it should have a curve towards the cutting edge and that the distance from the end of the handle to the cutting edge and to the handle end should be the same.The length I made just a w...

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