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br79
05-27-2011, 12:46 PM
I was visiting my grandmother the other day and she wanted me to have some thing that belonged to her and her parents. In one of the boxes was her fathers old boy scout hatchet, a Plumb. I don't know much about it except it is from before WWII. I'm gonna do a restoration on it and I'll update with pics when I do. Till then here are some pics of it in it's current state:

https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/-yl5pZJcfFjg/Td_azIz0DFI/AAAAAAAAEHA/qyAAG_OSu2U/s720/IMG00156-20110526-2019.jpg

https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/-gTtQhlQddKo/Td_azC7QesI/AAAAAAAAEHE/rR02ESx89SM/s720/IMG00159-20110526-2021.jpg

https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-LbGAuEJPpL0/Td_azB0BE6I/AAAAAAAAEHI/IFn_LCzUxu4/s720/IMG00164-20110526-2022.jpg

https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-ShEf0GorGMU/Td_azXzGYII/AAAAAAAAEHM/ZAL_Tm6i_hE/s720/IMG00160-20110526-2021.jpg

https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-23Gv6dDMz9A/Td_azgzVYOI/AAAAAAAAEHQ/bEAlFV0wNBs/s720/IMG00161-20110526-2022.jpg

solocanoe
05-27-2011, 12:51 PM
be sure to check out the search function - there's some very talented axe-restorers on here that have posted some fantastic resto's - could give ya some different ideas as to what path to take.

congrats on your piece of family history!

santaman2000
05-27-2011, 03:33 PM
From the way it looks in the photos I don't think I would reburb. It's in good shape now; just has the scratches and wear marks your grand-dad put on it. Kinda gives it some of his personal character if you know what I mean.

Theanswerto1984is1776
05-27-2011, 03:37 PM
Very nice piece of family history there my friend. It does look in good shape, shouldn't take much to restore that one.

br79
05-27-2011, 03:53 PM
This hatchet was definitively taken care of, and then just stored away for years. The head is a lil loose, and im not sure how good 100 year old handle wood is. I don't wanna do to much, like Santaman said, the scratches give it character. I'm planning to clean it up, give it a nice sharpening and rehang it.

Beo-wulf
05-27-2011, 03:58 PM
You have some great family history there...let us see how it cleans up!

upthecreek
05-27-2011, 05:01 PM
That's a fantastic little axe it's value only magnified by the fact it was your Grand-fathers. From the pics the head looks to be in good shape. A good cleaning and sharpening seems to be in order. I suggest you go out of your way to preserve the original haft if possible. Unless the haft is dry rotten, I bet it's harder than my head. (quite hard). I might recommend you wash the whole thing off with hot water and soap and take another look at it after it dries. Maybe do that twice. That is a fine example and if it were me I would proceed thru it's restoration carefully. You might be surprised how little restoration it actually needs.

upthecreek
05-27-2011, 05:26 PM
Hey, if you can, post a pic of the eye.

dragonjimm
05-27-2011, 07:10 PM
nice family treasure you inherited

Bluethundra
05-27-2011, 07:59 PM
I would try to just clean it up and save the handle if you could that way it is as original as possible.

br79
06-01-2011, 09:41 AM
Hey, if you can, post a pic of the eye.

Here you go. I'm gonna start the restoring this week, will keep it all original. The head has actually tightened up being in Georgia for a couple weeks (it was previously stored in New Mexico), good ole summer humidity.
https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-_KKboKSnO1s/TeZIfzl_tGI/AAAAAAAAEII/9bhjWA3goZA/s720/IMG00166-20110601-1003.jpg
(FYI thats my wife's painted toe, if someone was wondering, she took the pic for me)

br79
06-02-2011, 10:29 AM
here is round one of cleaning this lil guy up.

https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-IYpRA7aa1f8/TeeqD474lpI/AAAAAAAAEIg/Gnz_nyyApmU/s720/IMG00168-20110601-1841.jpg
https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-3M0Jku6pxzc/TeeqD9z7khI/AAAAAAAAEIk/zl-Znm4z1M4/s720/IMG00167-20110601-1841.jpg
https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-uJtwuD2bF4c/TeeqECRpEuI/AAAAAAAAEIo/RXkc8G3TPug/s720/IMG00170-20110601-1842.jpg
https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-3JoOaUSK-hA/TeeqECDnw_I/AAAAAAAAEIs/2KDudLlOojU/s720/IMG00172-20110601-1842.jpg

Dano
06-02-2011, 10:45 AM
That is definitely a keeper!!!!

Bax 40
06-02-2011, 11:21 AM
That is a outstanding good shape for a really good hatchet, you have done enough , just use it and be glad you have it, any new ax that would match that quality would cost a arm and a leg today.

Larry

Buffalo37
06-02-2011, 11:28 AM
That is a beautiful little hatchet you have there....great job on the cleanup:dblthumb:

M3mphis
06-02-2011, 12:12 PM
Very cool! One question...is that a wood cross wedge?

Matt

br79
06-02-2011, 02:07 PM
Very cool! One question...is that a wood cross wedge?

Matt

YES! I thought it was metal until I cleaned it up, I've never seen that before. Sill gotta do a touch more fancying up, then a sharpening, and then some chop'n!

M3mphis
06-03-2011, 10:32 AM
YES! I thought it was metal until I cleaned it up, I've never seen that before. Sill gotta do a touch more fancying up, then a sharpening, and then some chop'n!

I haven't either. That's pretty cool. It makes good sense to me. If you like to soak your head in linseed oil, then even your cross wedge should get some swelling.

Anyway, that is definitely a keeper. I don't think most tools that have been in the family that long have managed to avoid miniature destroyers (kids). Congrats and well done!

Matt