New handles for old axe and adzes

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Project by mafe posted 05-14-2015 12:21 AM 2388 views 2 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

New handles for old axe and adzes.
imagine that metal might have been melted

To some it will be a trash piece of metal, to others a wonderful piece of history and beauty.
Here a few pictures from the blog series about axes and adzes.

Blogs can be found here:

1. French axes with new Japanese inspired handles.
2. Rough cut to shape.
3. Carpenters adze.
4. Fitting the head.
5. Gutter adze with good grip handle.
6. Shaping with a draw knife.

The carpenters adze in use. ;-)

Perhaps this can inspire to bring old tools back to life.

Best thoughts,


-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

10 comments so far

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#1 posted 05-14-2015 12:50 AM

Beauty and pride at its best. Nice work on recapturing part of the past. This is a part of the past that we need to keep in today’s society. Too many think that new is better. Glad to see you have recovered some of it.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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Jim Jakosh

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#2 posted 05-14-2015 01:37 AM

Great handles, Mads!!

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#3 posted 05-14-2015 01:45 AM

I’m no carpenter Mads but I’m not liking your method of clipping your toenails. I have a fair bit of adze time in and that looks scary to me.

The handles are lovely. The tools, after long wandering, are home.

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fibreglass trees.

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#4 posted 05-14-2015 05:21 AM

Beautiful handles!
The bucket in the background is also lovely.

-- Fabrice - "On est bien bête mais on sent bien quand on se fait mal" - my grandfather

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#5 posted 05-14-2015 09:37 AM

Mads, I’m with Paul on the adze technique. There’s gotta be a better way. Beautiful handles and resurrection of the fine old irons.

-- Dr. Ken, Florida - Durch harte arbeit werden Träume wahr.

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Combo Prof

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#6 posted 05-14-2015 09:43 AM

Your artistry is always an inspiration.

-- Don K, (Houghton, Michigan)

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#7 posted 05-14-2015 02:47 PM

Very nicely done mads. I picked up an adze that needs a lot of work recently and and axe that needs to be rehandled. I like the idea of making my own. The drawknife and spokeshaves are just so much fun.

I can say that mads is using the correct technique for that type of adze as demonstrated in everything I’ve seen from Roy Underhill to other vintage videos. They would even go at the wood right under their toes.

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#8 posted 05-14-2015 07:27 PM

Beatiful Mads. Like a lot.

-- Disfruta tu trabajo (enjoy your work) (Bandera, Argentina)

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#9 posted 05-14-2015 09:26 PM

A true craftsman’s answer to a fix, are they Safety shoes Mads ????

:) :) :)


-- Pete G: If you always do what you always did you'll always get what you always got

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#10 posted 05-14-2015 09:53 PM

Just awesome. Love seeing your posts friend! Hope all is well over there.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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