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Hafting the Snow and Nealley 2 3/4 Head
This is another head I pilfered out of Gramp's garage. It weight 2.85 lbs., so I'm guessing that at one point in time, it was a 3 lb. head.
I recently found a 36" ash handle with an okay grain at the hardware store and decided to give it a go.
I'm not a big fan of 36" hafts. Nothing personal, I just don't like them. Something about these older S&N heads is that they are shorter than your average head. Here it is compared to an old Collins I picked up at a yard sale:
It slid down easily on the new haft without a lot of room left over around the eye.
I measured it off and, sure enough, it was about 36" long.
I marked it at 32". 30-32" is my comfort zone for wood chopping.
I used a hacksaw to make sure I had a nice, clean cut.
When I was done, I carved a bit away, so it wouldn't look too trailer park.
I then did some sanding to finish it off.
Bangor, Maine. I miss Bangor.
I then cut off the excess. I left a little sticking out of the eye. That's what all of the educated people do. Didn't feel right, but I rolled with it.
I then sized up the wedge, which seemed too large for the eye.
So I shaved a little off.
After the first couple of taps, the haft retreated down into the eye. I turned it upside down and whacked it a few times with the 4 lb. single jack. It went right back into place.
Then, I hit the haft with some linseed oil. Mrs. Hotel hates the smell of linseed oil. I told her that if she mixed a little linseed with a little W-D 40 and put it behind her ears, I'd never leave her alone. She told me that if that ever becomes a problem, she'd be sure to take such desperate measures.
Here it is, side by side with my 30", 3 1/4 lb. S&N from the same garage.
I chopped up a piece of aspen with it. It worked fine, but the bottom of the haft did feel a little skinny.
All in all, if axes were dames, my 3 1/4 would still be my main squeeze. Ain't she purty? But the 2 3/4 isn't that bad. She'll be a good rebound, should the 3 1/4 ever leave me.
Pax Domini Sit Semper Voiscum,
Mike, Oscar, Hotel...out.