I've always liked the painted handle axes of traditional Canadian lumberjacks. Used to identify their preferred axe at the beginning of the working day and easier to spot when left on the forest floor. They actually inspired me to start making the painted handlehammers- as a more usable tool for regular life in the United Kingdom!
We're lucky enough to have a wood burner at home and its our preferred source of heat during the winter. That means splitting logs and kindling so axes are an important tool for me.
I've been wanting to do an axe project for awhile but I've struggled to find the right axe as a starting point. Ideally I'd have liked to use an axe manufactured here in the UK, but that has proved challenging at a price point that I was comfortable with. I also wanted to make the leather sheath myself - to make it a uniquely Tinker and Fix product as much as possible.