Axe & saw sling - thank you Yeli

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Axe & saw sling
thank you Yeli

This is an axe and saw sling for the days in nature, just to make it more easy to bring the tools and carry them, when you also carry the wood back to camp.

1. The sling on the back, ready to go.
2. My dear Yeli by the sewing machine, in my work shop (yes I also have a sewing machine).
3. Leather, hardware, canvas.
4. Sliding length adjustment.
5. Front side.
6. Bye bye, I’m leaving.

The strap can be adjusted to size, so it will fit on a t-shirt and a thick winter jacket, the axe strap is adjustable also, so it can fit the different types of axes I have and use, all from a small carpenter axe, to a good wood cleaving axe. My axes all have individual leather sheaths to protect the cutting edge.
The saw pocket is made to fit my folding frame saw as some of you have seen.

It was a wish I had for a while and gave it air to my girlfriend Yeli, who took up on the idea right away and put her ticket in on the sewing part. We designed and redesigned together and I did the leather part.

It’s made of leather and medium thick canvas, we bought a long piece, since this was such a wonderful colour and quality, that it will be used for several projects, as you might have seen by now also on the plane bags she made for me and we designed together too.
Basically it’s an open tube and a one end closed tube, with different attachments.
The leather is cut from a full half cow hide

We spend several good hours together, first dreaming it up, from my sketches and then to try out different ways, sizes, holds and so on as we went on.

I’m really happy with the sling, it hangs wonderfully comfortable low on the back, where the curve is on your spine.
The colours and materials blend fine I think and it will be an aesthetic upgrade in nature I think. Smiles.

The devil is in the detail and my angel right there.

Yes I know it: I’m a lucky man.

Thank you again Yeli, it was a wonderful project to do together and now we can bring it into nature, together also.

Hope it can be to some inspiration, who knows, some joint projects with the once you love or good friends…

Best thoughts,


-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect.

13 comments so far

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Dave Polaschek

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#1 posted 05-22-2019 11:25 AM

Wonderful project for you to work on together, Mads. Congratulations!

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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Jim Jakosh

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#2 posted 05-22-2019 12:16 PM

Real nice sling, Mads. You area lucky man to have your honey work in the shop with you!!

Cheers, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#3 posted 05-22-2019 12:45 PM

Pretty handy and wel made accessories

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#4 posted 05-22-2019 12:48 PM

Great job the two of you did on this. They who work together, play together. Enjoy the nature.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#5 posted 05-22-2019 01:00 PM

That’s a great idea, I’m playing around with plans for a sling to hold a boys axe (big hatchet) and a machete that can be quickly pulled from an included scabbard. At some point I might want a bigger saw but I have a folding Bahco Laplander on my hip which works great with a 7.5” blade for 90% of what I need.

-- "Lack of effort will result in failure with amazing predictability" - Me

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#6 posted 05-22-2019 01:26 PM

I love it. What an awesome sling. Very handy for the kinds of things we do.

-- Galootish log blog,

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#7 posted 05-22-2019 02:12 PM

You two make a splendid pair!

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#8 posted 05-22-2019 04:21 PM

I’m glad to see you still doing well.

I love your continued creativity and inspiration.

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#9 posted 05-22-2019 05:29 PM

Great work as always Mads.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#10 posted 05-23-2019 11:46 AM

Lucky boy!

what more could a man want!
Then the added bonus of an anvil in the lounge room
A stash of favorite timber under the widow
Posters of naked women on the walls
Tool box and tins of paint within reach.

Not missing a very attractive partner either!

You must feel like your in heaven!

Opps almost forgot, ...great project.

-- Regards Rob

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#11 posted 05-23-2019 06:16 PM

Sharp looking set-up. Great job !!! Mel

-- MEL, Kansas

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Joe Lyddon

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#12 posted 05-24-2019 08:18 PM

Very nice report!

Yes, you are very Lucky!

Have a good one! :)

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: ... My Small Gallery:

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#13 posted 05-25-2019 11:09 AM

Hi LJ’s,
Dave Polaschek, to be able to combine passions and love – what more can one ask for. Thank you.
Jim, thank you, yes I am a lucky man and greatful for this.
majuvla, I look forward to use it, thanks.
doubleDD, wonderful words thank you, yes we are good at playing.
bigblockyeti, you can easily add a pocket for a machete, perhaps a leather lining then where the blade is… Thank you.
swirt, thank you my friend, yes this will be wonderful thing for the outdoor lifestyle.
Lew, yes. Big smile.
pbyrne, thank you for those kind words, I am really fine, happy, life is good, my health relatively good (not too much pain from my neck), so yes I am a lucky man.
stefang, thank you Mike.
robscastle, Big smile, yes I feel like I have my own little heaven sometimes, my life had some rough times, so I pinch my arm and enjoy every moment, trust me. Thank you.
mel52, thank you a lot.
Joe, I do my best and enjoy as I go. A good one back.
Best thoughts,

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect.

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