We've been struggling with a supply of axes to customise since one of the main forges in Sweden closed down.
We're really pleased to have found Wood Tools, who are a British company based in Sheffield. They are a family of wood carvers, who specialise in making carving tools including axes. The axe heads are forged abroad but all the finishing work, including the all important grind to produce the cutting edge is done in Sheffield.
Both this Woodland Axe, and the Small Hatchet (here) have a great weight and balance, making the a great starting point for us to customise them.
The Woodland Axe has a head weight of 750g and a total weight of just over 1Kg. The handle length is 18" making it a great all rounder. Great for splitting logs and light felling work, but also small enough to carry relatively easily.
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.
This project takes a Wood Tools axes and adds colour to the handle and a bespoke leather and copper rivet sheath. 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. Each sheath will be unique in colour and patina and fitted to its axe.
Always happy to work with you to paint the handle the colours you'd like - just get in touch to discuss options. Or happy to supply them unpainted with the custom sheath if you'd prefer.
The next few stock painted handles will be coloured using a traditional Linseed Oil based paint. This produces a really nice colour finish and works well with the hickory handle that has already been treated with Linseed oil. It's a much slower painting process than using modern acrylics as the drying time (technically "curing") can be up to a week depending on the weather. There are currently two of these axes completed and ready to ship - one in Barn Red and the other Chatsworth Blue.
We buy these axes in batches and sometimes we get some interesting natural grain colour in the Hickory. I like these too much to paint over but you can select them to purchase. At the moment we have one with some nice grain colour on the swell end. You can see this in the last images or by selecting "Dark End." Supplied with a custom leather sheath.
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