Shepard's Axe

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Project by Whitt posted 09-21-2012 06:33 PM 2620 views 2 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I made this after I saw a photo of an old German Hiking Stick covered with hiking badges. The style is originaly of a Eastern European Shepard’s Axe.
I used fallen Hornbeam tree that was about 3 inches in diameter and shaved it down for the stick. The Axe head was made by a local blacksmith and the ferrel came from and old broken hoe in my uncle’s shop.

-- "May the Grain be with You, Always"

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#1 posted 09-21-2012 07:21 PM

I like it, now you just need a leather sheathe for the blade, that is also comfortable as a hiking stick handle

-- Junior -Quality is never an accident-it is the reward for the effort involved.

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#2 posted 09-22-2012 12:30 AM

that is brilliant! that be great for hiking!

-- "by all means read what the experts say. Just don't let it get in the way of your woodworking" ;John Brown

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#3 posted 09-22-2012 02:35 PM

I had never heard of this particular ax, and had to google to find out its origin. Wonderful small ax, hiking
staff, and possible weapon. Yours should serve you for many years with that hornbeam handle. Thank you
for sharing.

-- As ever, Gus-the 79 yr young apprentice carpenter

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#4 posted 09-22-2012 03:47 PM

that is nice! have you downed any trees or cut any wood with it yet? how does the swing feel ?

-- Steve - Wasilla, Alaska

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#5 posted 09-23-2012 04:49 AM

Thanks for the comments. To answer Steve, I am using at a show piece rather than for any wood cutting even though it is most definately up to the task.

-- "May the Grain be with You, Always"

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