|Project by daltxguy||posted 10-08-2013 04:10 PM||2778 views||1 time favorited||16 comments|
This started as a rusty broadaxe with a broken handle.
I’ve hand carved an ash handle for it starting from the tree (the tree was first munched on by a beaver and then a storm finally took it over a few months ago).
Split with froe and maul and then roughly shaped with a sideaxe, then shaped with drawknife and spokeshave, dried for 2 months, then final fitting to the head with a spokeshave, drawknife, carving knife and a lot of patience.
The handle is offset away from the flat side, as broad axe handles should be. The curve came naturally from the tree.
The head was derusted in a vinegar bath for several days, then reground and sharpened. The paint color has no purpose or historical significance, I just thought it looked fun. It will likely wear off pretty quickly with use.
This tool will be good for another 100 years, I reckon.
-- If you can't joint it, bead it!