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ash for axe handles

Postby Lozzuck » Wed May 01, 2013 1:46 pm

Hi
I have aquired some old axe heads which need handles fitting and after reading other postings wanted to have a go myself.
The main problem is, apart from making and fitting the handles, is where can I source the wood
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Re: ash for axe handles

Postby robin wood » Wed May 01, 2013 11:35 pm

where are you? there may be someone local that could help. Tree surgeons are always a good bet also national trust properties, large botanic gardens etc are always cutting trees, get to know your local tree folk they are normally happy to see it go for use rather than firewood.
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Re: ash for axe handles

Postby Lozzuck » Wed May 01, 2013 11:41 pm

Thanks for the Heads up Robin I'm based in the Staffs Moorlands but travel into Macclesfield daily. Will have a wander down to my local NT property at the weekend
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Re: ash for axe handles

Postby Craig.B » Thu May 02, 2013 10:05 am

Hi Lozzuck,

I'm 5 mins from Stoke south junction. PM me if you want some materials, roundwood or planks.

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Re: ash for axe handles

Postby Lozzuck » Thu May 02, 2013 8:19 pm

Hi Craig
Thanks for that pm sent
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Re: ash for axe handles

Postby Craig.B » Fri May 03, 2013 7:27 am

Hi Lozzuck,
Message not received for some reason mate.
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Re: ash for axe handles

Postby ToneWood » Fri May 03, 2013 1:13 pm

I had trouble finding ash for handles at first but once I became more familiar with the tree I started to see ash everywhere. It is very common in the UK, in hedgerows, along major roads, in gardens, edging fields, in forests and woodlands. I got some through Freecycle. After a heavy winds, folk are often glad of help clearing fallen limbs & trees.
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Re: ash for axe handles

Postby Lozzuck » Fri May 03, 2013 10:36 pm

Craig.B wrote:Hi Lozzuck,
Message not received for some reason mate.
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Have made another attempt
Thanks
I'm sure that I may be able to identify some ash when the leaves finally appear, with the aid of T'internet probably. Until then I need to feed my addiction
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Re: ash for axe handles

Postby Lozzuck » Sat May 04, 2013 11:47 am

Thanks for that Craig will be in touch shortly
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Re: ash for axe handles

Postby AlexanderTheLate » Sat May 04, 2013 2:18 pm

I am just going to point out that ash is not the only wood suitable for tool handles. The Americans use Hickory, which I know does not grow in Europe, but another suitable wood is Birch, if Ash is too hard to come by. the Finns use it, I believe, and where I live there has always been a large logging industry, and all the axes they used were handled with Birch. My sledge hammer has a Birch handle, and that gets beat around more than any axe does, if you need proof of the wood's strength. :)
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Re: ash for axe handles

Postby Lozzuck » Sat May 04, 2013 8:02 pm

AlexanderTheLate wrote:I am just going to point out that ash is not the only wood suitable for tool handles. The Americans use Hickory, which I know does not grow in Europe, but another suitable wood is Birch, if Ash is too hard to come by. the Finns use it, I believe, and where I live there has always been a large logging industry, and all the axes they used were handled with Birch. My sledge hammer has a Birch handle, and that gets beat around more than any axe does, if you need proof of the wood's strength. :)

Thanks for that I've certainly not heard of birch being used for handles so its worth considering
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Re: ash for axe handles

Postby Lozzuck » Sat May 11, 2013 3:26 pm

Just like to say thanks to Craig B for wood and advice. Its good to meet someone who knows what they're on about
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Re: ash for axe handles

Postby Lozzuck » Mon May 13, 2013 8:28 pm

Thanks to Craig's tuition at the weekend just found an Ash sapling in the garden :D
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