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Carving an axe handle

Discussion in 'Monthly Projects' started by JuhoK, Oct 25, 2016.

  1. JuhoK

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    This is some pics when I carve an axe handle...Pics is not very good because I used a mobile phone as a camera...

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    That is awsome. I like the way you found and incorporated the natural shape. I really want to make time to carve my own handle.
     
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    Did you use pine tar for the finish? Looks like it is the correct finish for that Finn head
     
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    Very cool build along, thanks for posting!
     
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    Yes, I finished it with a mixture of pine tar and varnish.
     
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    Birch oil!
     
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    Good job !!
    I might have cured the wood so that shrinkage might be at a minimum.
    Every woods diferent .
    Although if it's well sealed it will probably not shrink much.
     
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    That came out real good I like it.
     
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    Is that handle for the Ballinäs axe? I've recently been gifted one. I am waiting for it to arrive from Finland. This has led me to do some research on the Finnish tradition of hand carving handles for these axes. Men would reserve and grow trees to provide axe handles for future generations of their families. It was such an important tool. Great job on the handle. I'll be pulling this post up when it comes time to carve mine!
     
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    Love the shape, based on the natural curve snd rootball. Very nice!!
     
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    Nice work. I'm going to give this a try this weekend, I have some cured apple wood, hoping that will be a strong enough wood. Here's a link to Gary Snyder's 'axe handles'...it's an old favourite of mine and would make a good thing to chew on while carving a handle... https://www.poetryfoundation.org/poems-and-poets/poems/detail/57150
     
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    Love the way that came out, and how you used the natural shape.
     
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    Very nice job.
     
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    Looks good, will last a long time.
     
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    Awesome! Something I have always wanted do one myself. Definitely on my bucketlist.
     
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    Instructive! Thanks for sharing your pics and process. Color me inspired.
     
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    I took pity on this broken marbles hatchet, and made a new handle for it ash.
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    Man you done a fine job there. That brings back memories of when I was a chap. My paw paw was always whittling out a hoe, madock or axe handle. Best I can remember he finished them off with a piece of broke glass or a old cow bone. Thanks for the memories, you done a fine job. :42:
     
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    Correct finish? Can you elaborate?
     
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    The Finns used a pine tar mix on all of their tools and firearms when they had a wood stock or handle
     
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    I have not seen a single reference to the use of pine tar in military firearm stocks and civilian tool handles in Finnish manuals or other documents dating to the 19th or first half of the 20th century. Most commonly axe handles were apparently left unfinished or were treated with boiled linseed oil (varnished).
     
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    The Finns used heated in pine tar on there skis and mosin negants I know back in the old days they most likely used it on all there tool handles. Have you ever seen a Finn version of a mosin, they used a sako barrel and a finger jointed pine tar treated birch stock
     
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    There were actually numerous makers of the Finn Mosin's. Sako was just one of them. And yes the pine tar turpentine and beeswax mix was one of the finishes applied to them.
     
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    If you browse through material at Finna.fi (collection database for Finnish museums), you'll may find that most of the museum axe handles are evenly coloured. Some have darker stains on the parts of the handle where the hands touched them. The use of pine tar would have created higher contrast between various parts of the handle and not evenly coloured one that I associate with boiled linseed oil and other varnishes.

    Most of the time SAKO didn't manufacture stocks for Mosin Nagants, but merely assembled rifles from parts. The use of stock finish was regulated by the contracts and there is not a single mention of the use of pine tar on them. For example, m/39 stocks were treated with a mixture of boiled linseed oil and bitumen (asphaltum).
     
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    WOW! Things have changed since I first started to collect these rifles some 25 years ago. Back then the pine tar finish was the accepted finish. Looks like people have really dug around the old manuals and have come up with alternatives of what might have been used.
     
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