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Wood burning axe handles

Discussion in 'Monthly Projects' started by Bzink, Sep 29, 2017.

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    Man that's really cool. How did you do it?
     
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    On all of my axe handles I add the 1" spine markings for measurement and 1 side gets a deciduous tree and the other a pine tree. This particular axe is my Dave canterbury American felling axe.
     
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    With a woodburner bought at a local hobby store
     
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    Awesome work. Those would make cool tattoos. Very artistic and simple. Dig it.
     
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    Thank you
     
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    Very nice work Bzink.
     
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    Thank you
     
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    Nice work! I added the 1" markings on one of my axes but need to do it on my other one. I think you've inspired me to continue wood burning ;)
     
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    Very cool. I like the way that looks. However what do you need the 1" marks for?
     
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    Nice work! Do you that freehand or off of some sort of stencil?
     
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    That looks good!
     
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    Ya done good young fellar. joe
     
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    The 1" marks are put on the handle for measuring afield. Assist in making dimentional lumber. It also gives your axe another use. Anytime you can have multiple uses for one tool it's a plus. It is not my idea...i borrowed this idea from Dave canterbury who I believe got the idea from nessmuck or Horace kephart. It's something I have always done
     
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    Freehand
     
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    I enjoy the outdoors so much that I try to give the proper respect. The images are my way of honoring the trees that I cut. That is why one side is deciduous and one side pine.
     
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    LOL, yep I understand that they would be for measuring, but I have never needed to measure anything in the field. I do a lot of traditional wood working, and one thing I have learned is that you do not need a tape measure. Measurements are relative, and there rarely needs to be an exact measurement made when working on a one off project. I have worked with guys who build elaborate furniture and never touch a tape measure. Just fit everything by hand and use your eye.

    By the way how often are you going to use your axe to make dimensional lumber. Hehe! :rolleyes: "Hey Bzink, get your axe, cut that tree down, and make me a bushcraft 2x4." Hehe :D Just messing with you. Well, kind of.

    Really though, if you start learning to work without measurements, projects move much quicker and you will train yourself to work more efficiently. If you need to duplicate something, just make a measuring stick cut to the right length and use that. A measuring stick if you don't know is just any random stick cut to the right length for whatever you are working on.

    Anyways back to your regularly scheduled program. ;)
     
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    I like that!
     
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    By saying dimensional lumber I misspoke. Basically for measuring for a more exact cut. I understand "eying" cuts, etc., but it can help keep things even. Also there is a second use....i have heard others using the measurements to tell the height of an object from a distance. There is a way to do that, but honestly I am not sure how. Also, if I decided to use this to measure any number of things it shouldn't matter to you. If you want to use a measuring stick, well, go ahead. I appreciate the tips, but if you don't like the 1" marks then don't put them on your axe.
     
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    Yeah I don't have any on my axes. It's all good, I was just curious what you would need them for.

    As I said earlier though, I really like the burned images of the trees and think you did a good job.
     
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    Really nice work.
     
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    I kinda like the idea of the dimensional marks actually. I have done this on other tools before as well. Since I use my axe for marking wood when I cut fire wood, all I have to do is make a mark, lay my axe down on the wood and I can see where my next mark will be. I think its faster than a tape measure. This comes in handy when you have a fire place at home or a wood stove that only fits a certain size wood.
     
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    I just like the idea that when I am out in the field I have a measuring tool with me and no extra weight or having to add another piece of kit. Even if I use it rarely it is still worth the two or three minutes it takes to burn in.
     
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