Been wanting a boy's axe for awhile. Really wanted a GB Scandinavian Forest Axe but just couldn't justify the dough at the moment. Also been wanting to hang and restore one for awhile so I figured I'd hang and restore a boy's axe for myself. Had a good double bit that I didn't need so I traded it with SLaRoy for a boy's axe head and handle. All in all the head was in great shape but it needed a little bit of TLC on the head to clean it up and take off a bit of mushrooming here and there. So I gave it a good vinegar bath, took it to the wire wheel brush, and took off some of the mushrooming with a belt sander. Here she is cleaned up. Sorry I didn't get a before shot.
Once I got it to that point it was time to hang. Used a lot of the resources so freely offered for tips on that job. Started by shaping the handle where the head would go and checking the fit quite often.
Here she is with the wedge driven in. I was surprised how easy it was to drive the wedge. I feel I owe that to the tip of using BLO when driving it. I didn't get any shaving of the wedge and the fit was super tight even though I feared I took too much off during the sanding process. I realized after driving the wedge that I took too much off the front causing the gap in the front of the eye. Oh well, its just cosmetic and I've seen worse on even some of the best commercially sold axes. She's still solid as all.
Now it was time to clean her up, dress her up, and sharpen her up. I stained the handle with a dark brown leather dye. Not sure if that's what I should have used but it seemed to work fine after a spot test so I went for it. I'm happy with the results. After that came about 5 coats of BLO. Then I had to outfit a sheath and a collar for her. I've also been wanting to get into leatherworking more so I recently bought some simple hand tools for leatherworking. Came up with my own sheath and axe collar.
Overall I'm very happy with the results and would recommend a similar project to anyone looking at one of the more expensive axes. I haven't gotten to go test her out yet but I should be able to here soon. Thanks for such a good trade SLaRoy, I hope I did ya proud.