As I start building my tool collection for homesteading, I needed some good axes, they are essential to working with any kind of wood. As I learn to work with wood, I took the cheap route and traded for some really beat up axe heads, and learned how to sharpen them. It is a real gift to have that sort of skill. It sort of became an obsession and now every metal edge in my house is razor-sharp.
Here are some photos of some axe heads I traded for, they were in pretty rough shape and I reconditioned them. Starting with a wire wheel, then file, and a 3 different sharpening stones. Well, these guys all need handles. I have tried to find handles but they all seem to be the wrong size so I am going to make my own.
Making handles requires a draw knife, which I just purchased off of ebay for $10 and it has not arrived yet. It will need some reconditioning as well, but while I was waiting for it I built the other part of the tools necessary, which is a shaving horse. I asked some guys on Facebook and they pointed me to Mike Abbott’s Lumber Horse plans. So for less than $20 and 2 hours time, I have a fully functional shaving horse.
For those of you who do not know what a shaving horse is, it is a soft-headed vice that you sit on. You use your legs to hold the head down on the work piece. They are pretty much required for any type of hand forming of handles, spoons, bows, and many other things. They are very useful.
Enjoy the gallery and keep your axe sharp.