Friday, 20 May 2011

Axe Helve

I decided today to modify the helve i carved out of ash back in January for my Kentish pattern axe, a couple of things prompted me to do this.

One was because i had loosened the head somehow, the other was the helve felt just a little bit too long to be comfortable, so out it came, a couple of inches were sawn off the  top end of the helve and it was then reinserted into the head, making sure to keep the alignment right, once it was in place and i was happy an Ash wedge was hammered in place and secured with an additional wedge made from brass tubing.

I also redesigned the poll slightly so it wasn't as pointy, the whole thing now feels more comfortable to use and has a better balance when in use, meaning it will be less tiring to use for prolonged periods of time. 

The picture below shows the original helve, if you compare the two photo's you can see the difference in the helve  length.


1 comment:

  1. It's good you left enough handle-swell beneath the head to shorten it.

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