Link of the Day: http://www.yesteryearstools.com/ This is a really cool website. I need to spend a few more hours there reading, but basically, it documents axe manufactures from the past in North America. Very cool website. It is a great resource.
Fighting the Inner Poser
I wrote about the three Snow and Nealley axe heads I found in my grandfather's garage here.
I've been holding off from putting handles on two of the heads simply because I've been broke. Snow and Neally replacement handles run about $30-35 dollars from CSP Outdoors, then about $10-15 dollars on shipping.....you get the idea.
Today, I was messing around with L.J.'s hatchet in my shed and ran across a "28 handle I bought awhile back, as well as a "36. I looked at them and pondered making my own handle. It is a skill I want to acquire and I think I have the brain power to do it, however, we have crap wood here in Colorado. I could probably buy a piece of hickory, but it would probably cost just as much as a handle I could buy at the hardware store. I know, dilemma.
Pic is sideways.....nice grain.
The bottom line is, I have a 2.75 lb. S&N head sitting on my bench, ready to use and I've been waiting for the money to buy an official Snow and Nealley handle. Why? I've never been tromping through the woods and had some person stop and say, "Nice axe, bro. Snow and Nealley.......real cool." Unless I'm hanging around with one of you folks, nobody cares. And, really, the only difference between the "28 inch handle and the last S&N handle I purchased is etched words - advertising for the company, if you will.
So I decided to put the 2.75 head on the "28 hickory handle I have. I don't want to pose. I want to use. Here is roughly how it will look. Taking advice from bmatt, I'm going to make sure I have a little handle sticking out the top. I took at it with my EDC knife, a CRKT Full Throttle. It is a good knife....
Stay tuned for Part 2.
Pax Domini Sit Semper Vobiscum,
Mike, Oscar, Hotel....out.