Trying to find a Pattern for Granfors Bruk axe collar

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  1. NordicWolf

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    This may not be the right section of the boards to put this up. If there a better place i should go with this within the boards feel free to guide me to where it needs to go.

    I got a Granfors Bruk Scandinavian forest axe that I am wanting to make a collar for. However despite my leather working abilities I'm have a hard time getting it cut to the right shape for a proper fit; I will admit that I am not the best when it comes to drafting out my own patterns at times when it comes to certain things. My trouble seem to be centered around some of the odd round curve to the bottom of the axe head and get the collar shaped to fit flush around them ( if you know the typical shape of Granfors Bruks axe you not the curves I'm talking about). I was wonder if anyone here has been successful at making a collar for there's and would be will to share the pattern for it; either via email or maybe putting it up in the downloads section as a PDF of something to share with the rest of us that may be trying to take on a similar endeavor. I anyone has any leads on this it would be greatly appreciated.
     
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    I'd use some very thin cardboard, (like a Kleenex box), to fold around the head, mark it or even press a mark in it then cut it out to make a template.
     
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    That kinda what I've been trying just not working out so week for me to get the right fit
     
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    Likewise, when YOU get a pattern that works, please post it. I have the same problem!
     
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    I made collars for my SFA and Wildlife axe, it was pretty simple, I used a half sheet of copy paper, wrapped it around the handle and that part of the head that's rounded at the bottom, then pressed the paper hard enough to leave an impression on the paper and cut that part out, then marked the top leaving a 1/4" where the two ends meet at the top of the handle and trimmed for length, then transfer the pattern to your leather.
    I used a leather punch to make lacing holes in the collar and used Latigo laces to close it up.
     
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    Wrap the area with multiple overlapping layers of masking tape. Carefully slice open along the line where you want the finished seam to be. Carefully remove the masking tape in one piece and lay it out flat. You now have a perfect pattern template to fit the shape.
     
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    That’s absolutely brilliant!
     
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    It is, wish it was something I came up with. Its one of those things that is so simple that I never would have thought of it. I can't remember where I first heard the idea but it works very well when you have an odd shape to capture. I have used the process many times when cutting a piece of thin leather to cover the form of taxidermy skull plate/antler mounts. It takes all the guesswork out of trial and error fitting. It works best when using thin leather. If the leather is thick you may need cut it a bit larger than the template but not much.

    This technique also works very well for making covers for canteens, leather covered bottles etc.
     
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    OMG this is genius thanks I'll have to try this for sure
     
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    I saw a YT video on this, I believe the channel was Kyle Noseworthy.
     
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    yep I've been trying to follow his video and the way he used the copy paper to mock up the template wasnt working for me very well but @GKiT tossed out the idea up about about using masking tape to form it out worked like a charm to get the pattern drafted now just got to go pic up the leather to get the rest the job down I'm thinking of going with a 9 oz. bit of leather
     
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    So I wasn't sure how to save this as a PDF to where you have it as the actually size (I am not the greatest as this sort of thing) But wanted to at least share a pic of the pattern i came up with after draft out a rough cut of it using the masking tape idea provided by @GKiT so below is a pic of my finished pattern transferred on to cardboard
    IMG_20190505_145818.jpg
     
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    Glad to see you got it sorted out. Keep us updated and please share photos!
     
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    I saw someone use tape and a couch cushion to make a handbag template. Was nifty idea
     
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    anyone know how i can post this in format so you can have it as actual size in case anyone wanted to download and use it
     
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    So got it all done. It didn't turn out as well as I hoped, bit for my first attempt of doing one of these collars I'm still pretty pleased with it .

    IMG_20190513_220227.jpg IMG_20190513_215117.jpg IMG_20190513_215115.jpg IMG_20190513_215113.jpg
     
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    Lookin good!
     
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    Let us know how long it holds up please.....my curiosity is peaked.
     
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    I'd swing it in public. Good job.
     
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    so far its holding up pretty well
     
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    That's simply brilliant


    Did you figure out how to save your template as a PDF?
     
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    not to where it shows up as actually size
     
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    im open to tips on how to to that however so i can share the pattern
     
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    Get a 6oz piece of leather and wrap it around cut it about 1/2 inch narrow from touching on the back side punch your holes down the sides add your grommets then wet mold the leather around the axe all the way flush to the poll it will form around the odd round edges be sure to press down at the bottom of those to produce a clean edge once its formed and those are protruding out you can cut them out right along the bottom line again wet the leather wrap it lace it and pull it tight it will dry tightening itself more and your collar will fit perfectly.
     
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    You can then unlace it and use it as a pattern for others or just use it if you only need one. I make a leather pattern like that for all my collars it allows you to just lay it onto another piece of leather to trace it and you can also punch all your holes using the grommets as guides so if you make multiples they are all very very close to the same.
     
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    Right im aware of all that i already have it finished as of a while ago. as ive post pic of the final product above....some asked em to make of PDF of my pattern so it is able to show the actually size and im not sure how to do that
     
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    That sounds like an excellent method!
     
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