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A Celtic Hatchet With Carved Handel

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Project by James Wright posted 03-17-2016 05:23 PM 1008 views 1 time favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I have been wanting a hatchet for a wile but just could not find the head I wanted. then I realized I had an old ax that belonged to my father in law and thought that would make a great Pocket Ax. I had a piece ash with perfect grain for it, so I set in.

After feeling it and looking at several pictures I decided I like the look of the faceted handle rather then a fully rounded handle. also in those pictures I saw several with Celtic carving and I had to give it a shot. I had never done this type of carving before but was pleased with the out come.

I am going to have to do things like this to more tools in the future!

If you want to see the build video I put it here
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0vG_bUpUlYE

-- James Wright, Rockford IL, https://www.youtube.com/c/WoodWright





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majuvla

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#1 posted 03-17-2016 05:27 PM

Turned out very nice. Now it’s not just ordinary ax.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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James Wright

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#2 posted 03-17-2016 05:42 PM



Turned out very nice. Now it s not just ordinary ax.

- majuvla

So true! I think I am going to have to do this on a few planes I have coming up. seems like it would make a good look for a lot of my tools!

-- James Wright, Rockford IL, https://www.youtube.com/c/WoodWright

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Northwest29

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#3 posted 03-17-2016 07:38 PM

Lovely carving work. Makes it a one of a kind. Well done.

-- Ron, Eugene, OR, "Curiosity is a terrible thing to waste."

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James Wright

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#4 posted 03-17-2016 07:50 PM



Lovely carving work. Makes it a one of a kind. Well done.

- Northwest29

Thanks. it was a joy to try out. Going to have to play with that more often!

-- James Wright, Rockford IL, https://www.youtube.com/c/WoodWright

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XquietflyX

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#5 posted 03-17-2016 07:55 PM

Great job, looks to be a family heirloom now!

-- You can tell a lot about your wife by her hands, for example if they are around your throat she's prolly pissed off at you...

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James Wright

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#6 posted 03-17-2016 08:06 PM



Great job, looks to be a family heirloom now!

- XquietflyX

That is my goal with the tools I make, but I am hopping to make a better one soon from a head that a friend of mine will forge and carve in the steel. but that is for another project, lol!

-- James Wright, Rockford IL, https://www.youtube.com/c/WoodWright

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SignWave

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#7 posted 03-17-2016 08:29 PM

Great handle, and the carving is a nice touch. There’s something satisfying about making a handle yourself, it just feels different when you use the tool.

-- Barry, http://BarrysWorkshop.com/

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James Wright

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#8 posted 03-17-2016 08:50 PM



Great handle, and the carving is a nice touch. There s something satisfying about making a handle yourself, it just feels different when you use the tool.

- SignWave

I could not agree more! you just can not buy that feeling at a store!

-- James Wright, Rockford IL, https://www.youtube.com/c/WoodWright

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Sasha

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#9 posted 03-20-2016 10:43 AM

And why not the native length of the handle??

-- Ganchik Sasha

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James Wright

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#10 posted 03-20-2016 12:26 PM



And why not the native length of the handle??

- Sasha

Are you saying why not the full length ax handle? that is because I want to use it in the shop as a cleaning tool and the longer handle would get in the way. I did keep it a bit long as a hatchet handle at 15” but not the 36” of the original! Sorry if I guessed wrong at what you were asking.

-- James Wright, Rockford IL, https://www.youtube.com/c/WoodWright

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helluvawreck

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#11 posted 03-20-2016 07:06 PM

That’s a very nice hatchet with a personalized touch. Congratulations.

helluvawreck aka Charles
http://woodworkingexpo.wordpress.com

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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James Wright

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#12 posted 03-20-2016 08:10 PM



That s a very nice hatchet with a personalized touch. Congratulations.

helluvawreck aka Charles
http://woodworkingexpo.wordpress.com

- helluvawreck

Thanks It was a joy to make!

-- James Wright, Rockford IL, https://www.youtube.com/c/WoodWright

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