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Project by BTKS posted 674 days ago 1177 views 3 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

The handle is wood and all hand work on this project. The haft, or handle, is made from green Black Locust. rived and shaped with drawknife and spoke shave. All techniques thanks to Roy Underhill and “The Woodwright’s Shop.” The finish is flame hardened and a couple light coats of BLO. A touch of sandpaper to even out the burn marks.

This project is a little over a year in the making. From request to idea and execution this was a slow process but an incredible amout of learning occurred. There are several things I would have done differently if I had known but that’s what it’s all about. I had a lengthy delay screwing up the courage to reharden and temper the head. A few practice runs later and I was able to hit the finish process yesterday. I had to make three new tools to finish this project! OH WHAT A SHAME!

The leather was a quick after thought to liven up the presentation to the recipient. All finish decorations will be up to him. The strap is easily removed.

The tomahawk is a pipe hawk style. The head is hand hammered from a ball peen hammer head. The pipe is punched in then bored down to the eye. It is not functional with this handle but it can be with about a 1/16 in of drilling and a handle replacement.

The recipient of this hawk desired an aged finish so I came up with this. It is crude overall but only a first attempt. I left several inclusions in the head to give a more frontier / distressed look. I have more research to do and I need a lot of practice to pull off a better one.

Thanks for looking. Any critiques are welcomed and appreciated.

-- "Man's ingenuity has outrun his intelligence" (Joseph Wood Krutch)

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#1 posted 674 days ago

Quite ruggedly handsome!

-- Brian in Arlington, TX

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#2 posted 674 days ago

I love this sort of thing. Well done.

-- Cad a dheanfaimid feasta gan adhmad.......?

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#3 posted 674 days ago

looks like you are ready for the next batch of settlers… ;0)

-- jack -- ...measure once, curse twice!

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#4 posted 674 days ago

Keep coming back to look at your project. Although I don’t have any profound comments, I have to say I really like it.

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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Don W

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#5 posted 673 days ago

such a cool project. I like the metal/wood work mix.

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#6 posted 673 days ago

Very nice.

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#7 posted 673 days ago

Did i get this right, the head was a ball peen hammer? So the hole in the head would be where tobacco would go if it was functional? Very cool project.

-- Thank You Veterans!

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#8 posted 673 days ago

308Gap, Yes the head used to be a ball peen hammer. Just had to mve the metal to where it was needed. The hole was made with a punch and drift, not a drill bit. The very bottom of the hole was drilled but I broke a broke off a bit in the bottom. It fell out during heat treatment. It could be made functional but is not now.

Jack, Pilgrims be ware!

Thanks all for the commets.

-- "Man's ingenuity has outrun his intelligence" (Joseph Wood Krutch)

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Gene Howe

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#9 posted 673 days ago

Really nice!

-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton

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#10 posted 673 days ago

That’s really cool, maybe you could do a blog or video on it. Some of the old metal working applies to woodworking projects and I might learn something new. Thanks

-- Thank You Veterans!

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#11 posted 673 days ago

Good project. A year well spent because of the journey and now, the results. Very nice.

-- Rick, Tennessee, John 3:16

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