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Discussion in 'Community Forum' started by muddhunter, Jan 27, 2021.
Love Eric Sloane's books and drawings!
Yes sir !
A long time buddy of mine gave this to my son. I don’t know much about hatchet and axes but gonna clean it up.
I got a couple I found in my old garden I cleaned up and put handles in. I need to post pics on here. I may have something valuable. Priceless to me.
This one has a new handle but I’d like some insight on the head. Just curious . Not looking to sell at all., may not be worth .05 but was just curious if anybody new anything about it.
I will post cleanup pics after it’s done
Another guy I follow on Inst...he's also a Ky boy. This handle is curly hickory hand made by him. I think it turned out awesome...and looks like a well taken care of 50+ old axe.
That's beautiful work, horizontal grain as well!
Funny this came up because it reminds me of something I did for fun to prove an expert wrong a few years ago.
Does the horizontal grain pattern lessen the overall strength of the handle? Or strengthen it?
I had the same question
As per the last 2 posts my guess is your debate was over strength of handle,..........and I thought you were the expert
a few more..
Horizontal grain doesn't make a handle weaker or stronger, but I found that horizontal grain is advantageous for bucking work, just like the old timers who used axes to make a living told me it was. It's also more comfortable to use handles with horizontal grain because of their shock absorbing benefits.
Working alongside axe head geometry(the high centerline of the axe cheeks which busts the chip loose) the stiffness of the horizontal grain helps to pop the chip out with just a horizontal flick of the wrist.
Either grain orientation or anything in between vertical or horizontal in a handle is fine, grain runout is the main reason for handle failure.
I always thought the best way to test the theory of which way was best would be to purposefully use a "weaker wood"....set up similar axes side by side with each grain orientation...and go to work ....hickory being hickory it'll take it any way you wanna give it.
My preference would be horizontal....I see more flex if needed and less breakage possibility but who knows.
Most of the handles I make are horizontal grain because I prefer it as well. I've never broken a handle that I've made from a riven, air dried stave. Store bought handles are a crapshoot these days.