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Forged Carving Axe with Apple Handle

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Project by bobasaurus posted 01-02-2016 09:59 PM 1336 views 2 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I just finished making the handle for this carving axe/hatchet. The head was custom forged for me by John Switzer of Black Bear Forge, who I met at the Lie-Nielsen hand tool event in Denver a while back. It’s O1 tool steel, differential tempered, with a punched eye. The handle is apple wood that I laminated to get the grain in the correct orientation for strength. As a result, the colors are a bit two-tone from the heartwood and sapwood. I got to use my fancy rasps and spokeshaves, so it was very fun to make. Finished with BLO. It sure cuts well, and fits my hand perfectly.

Album: http://imgur.com/a/atwtr

-- Allen, Colorado (Instagram @bobasaurus_woodworking)





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#1 posted 01-02-2016 10:35 PM

What a cool AXE ! Looks good !

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#2 posted 01-02-2016 10:41 PM

Looks great! Now it is time to use it on some projects.

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#3 posted 01-03-2016 02:24 AM

Durn that’s nice! I have wanted a carving axe for a long time, that one is sweet!

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#4 posted 01-03-2016 03:04 AM

Excellent work!

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#5 posted 01-03-2016 03:58 AM

A beautiful Axe like that and you cheaped out on a couple of wedges? Have you no shame! LOL!

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#6 posted 01-03-2016 09:42 AM

Great pics of a beautiful tool, Allen!

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#7 posted 01-03-2016 10:47 AM

Nice shape and top ending.

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#8 posted 01-03-2016 12:27 PM

Now that is a cool project. Very nicely done

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#9 posted 01-03-2016 01:15 PM

I really like that, are you going to do some carving?

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#10 posted 01-03-2016 02:22 PM

Alan, that is a beautiful axe. Well done.

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#11 posted 01-13-2016 03:10 AM

Thats awesome. I think it will look even better as that apple starts to age. Nice work!

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#12 posted 01-13-2016 05:05 AM

Thanks for the comments. I love using this axe, it works great. I’m fond of apple wood for tool handles, though it’s hard to find it straight-grained (had to search forever for the two boards I have). I have the axe hanging off the saw till on my in-progress tool wall:

-- Allen, Colorado (Instagram @bobasaurus_woodworking)

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