Watered Handle

Once again I’ve gone to the holding pond and hauled out a number of axe handle billets that have been sunk to the bottom some months now, less than a year. It gets done for the better handle, more durable and more stable, easier to work in the initial fitting, faster drying. You know, I … More Watered Handle

Zimmerer Beil

Who could doubt it? When you see one like this you will associate it upon first gaze with its cousin of the same regions, the Breitbeil of Austria, the best ones. The construction is similar in diminutive form. The blade being less askance and yet sweeping up from its socket, of course its action is … More Zimmerer Beil

Lapping:The Corse

Best to take on the unavoidable with conviction. If your blade is new, from the factory, or from the smid if you are privileged, old and of vintage qualities or worth salvaging, the back-side will have to be brought into condition and better done all at once than equivocating, with a continuing problem that in … More Lapping:The Corse

Squaring, Robinia

To put it more straightforwardly, the Robinia pseudoacacia which is a tough tree. For comparison’s sake While it has a rated weight of 750 kg/m3 oak, (Quercus robur) is coming in @ 710 kg/m3, maple @ 640 kg/m3, pine 540kg/m3, spruce 460 and so on and so on as far as you want to go … More Squaring, Robinia

Squaring Larch

This working station has gotten itself a bit over-grown but I am here to alter that condition from under-use into a hub of woodworking production, with materials waiting in the wings and even some set up ready to come under the axes edges. The Larch, a needle leafed tree that turns yellow and bare-branched in … More Squaring Larch