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micro axe

Postby witt » Fri Oct 19, 2012 10:26 pm

Well, here is the whole story : I possess this axe head since some time and kept it in prevision for making a larger axe with similar lines which i found elegant. The size of it seemed to me ridiculously small so i never considered using it except as a modell.
Recently I bought a very old axe from Sweden which really satisfied me in relation to what I was attempting to get from the previous design.
I did not know what to do with the first axe conceived as a modell as I dropped the project, till the day I fitted a handle on it for fun. I'm having great time with it since.
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Re: micro axe

Postby bulldawg_65 » Sat Oct 20, 2012 3:44 am

That's an excellent looking little axe! The thick wedge shape reminds me of the Roselli axe that some spoon carvers favor.
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Re: micro axe

Postby witt » Sat Oct 20, 2012 10:33 am

yes, indeed, I suppose those 2 pieces of axe have common features.
It has the advantages of being precised with big inertia. When using it with a whippy chopping, in a machin-gun speed of repetition, it gets everytime where you want it to hit with a powerful impact, when you keep your hand close to the head, the weight of the massiv head (for such a small axe) is assimilated to the body mass of your arm and the plunging effect is then smoothly controled.
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Re: micro axe

Postby bulldawg_65 » Sat Oct 20, 2012 4:35 pm

I like it quite a bit. It is a handsome little axe. I've got the finnish axe head I purchased from you ready to be hafted, but have yet to find a bit of wood that I like well enough to make a handle with.
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Re: micro axe

Postby witt » Sat Oct 20, 2012 7:30 pm

Why not taking a branch of holly from near the base (it will make a wonderful handle with a fine grain )? it will even be more solid than birch and match the original aspect.
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Re: micro axe

Postby witt » Sat Oct 20, 2012 7:56 pm

By a branch I mean a young trunk.
Or shall I send you a bit of seasoned holm oak ? http://www.wallarna.webshoponline.se/sk ... -yxor.aspx
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Re: micro axe

Postby bulldawg_65 » Sun Oct 21, 2012 2:37 am

$30 for a hunk of holm oak? A touch expensive once you add on shipping and handling etc. All I have here is apple, maple, beech and walnut. None of these woods are good for handles. I do have a larger piece of Ash lumber but it is very dry. We'll see. I've got to let my tendinitis heal a little longer anyway.
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Re: micro axe

Postby witt » Sun Oct 21, 2012 10:16 am

Yes, this range of prices hurts the tits badly.
I have many projects going on concerning axes from the 17th/18th century.
But 2 other projects keep me busy right now :
buying a piece of wood land
buying an old saw mill
Good luck with your tenditinis, I don't envy you for that having had one myself some months ago by insisting to hew with a foot adze at the wrong distance from the timber which forced me to lift the shoulders continuously to adapt. I regretted immensely that I didn't take the proper dispositions in time.
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Re: micro axe

Postby ToneWood » Sun Oct 21, 2012 1:00 pm

Interesting info. about the holly Witt. I enjoy your colorful phrases.
bulldawg_65 wrote:I like it quite a bit. It is a handsome little axe...
Ditto. I've seen numerous much larger axes with a similar triangular "plan view", often from Austria/Bulgaria. Some of them side axes. I normally associate that kind of thick wedge shape with splitting logs, so I am curious as to how they perform.
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Re: micro axe

Postby bulldawg_65 » Sun Oct 21, 2012 8:24 pm

Good luck on the land purchase and the saw mill purchase... You must send photos! :)
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Re: micro axe

Postby witt » Sun Oct 21, 2012 9:29 pm

Tone, very simple, I couldn't help "tits" : I have got Touret syndrom.
About the saw mill, I don't know where to put it; it needs a big building. It's huge, heavy (need a crane to lift it and a truck to transport it). Then I would need to raise my electricity subscription type into a very expensive one. The engine delivers 17 hp. Then I would have to find a crane to install for lifting the timbers on the saw wagon. Troubles, you see. Apart from all that, it's a bargain : 700 euros for it ! I think I will decline anyway, I feel old and tired sometimes. Anyone interested, please contact me.
The woodland is 6 hectars large.
About your Finnish axe, Philippe, take a look at : http://svenska.yle.fi/matochfritid/verk ... hp?id=2274
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Re: micro axe

Postby bulldawg_65 » Fri Oct 26, 2012 2:07 pm

Merci Witt! That was just what I needed. Did I tell you I've been using the axe head with out a handle? LOL It works great for just trimming or planing a piece of wood.
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