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 handle hammers - 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.
So this project starts with a chopping axe hand forged by Hultafors of Sweden. It has a 65cm Hickory handle and an 850gram axe head, making it ideal for clearing branches in the garden or even light felling work. It's also light enough for be used for splitting kindling, although a smaller hatchet would be more suitable for that use.
The leather sheath is hand made using a good quality vegetable tan leather, which has been dyed to a saddle tan colour. I don't like to waste any material from a hide so that means working with the odd surface scratch or branding marks. On this particular sheath you can faintly make out the branding numbers of cow it came from.
For me this first axe project was always going to have an orange painted handle (techincally its Troll Slayer Orange..). Certainly going to be easy to spot and finished with a leather lanyard strap for hanging etc.
As with the hammers - always happy to do custom colours for you. Just get in touch via firstname.lastname@example.org
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