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  1. Joint Stool from a Tree

    In July of 2013, I attended the "Make a Joint Stool from a Tree" class taught by Peter Follansbee at Roy Underhill's Woodwright's School in Pittsboro, North Carolina. I am perfectly aware … this is not a nice looking or, even a good example of craftsmanship. I won't show you any close ups of...
  2. Axe Handles

    I started this project with the need for a Hatchet at Camp. I know I had Axe/Hatchet heads in my "Extras/Restore Boxes" but wasn't sure what I had, so I pulled them out, boy I had forgotten just how many I had. Once I got Started I had to finish them all. Harvested a nice straight Ash, cut it...
  3. Valentine Heart

    I finally was able to borrow my partner's camera, mine being kaput, to snap a couple of pics of a 'quickie' or rather a fast project with the axe, hatchet, carving knife, riffler file, and sandpaper…. out in the barn in sub-zero (Celsius) temperatures. This Valentine project besides maintaining...
  4. Two-tone Axe Handle

    This project changed direction half-way through. I wanted a wooden mallet, so I selected a segment of an old branch that seemed suitable. On a whim, I decided to laminate the handle from cherry and walnut. I glued a couple door shims to the laminated blank and resawed it, making the walnut...
  5. Hatchet Restoration With Bodark Handle

    This is a hatchet restoration with a Bodark handle from a local tree I've had curing for a while. I found the axe head while metal detecting on my property. It was in very bad shape and initially I didn't know if it was worth restoring. After several days soaking in rust remover and a lot...
  6. Three tool bench

    Friends: Just finished this rustic, reclaimed bench. I only used a hatchet, a saw, and a bit-brace with a 1-inch auger bit. It was fun. I also had fun. I didn't stress out over all the details. I made something simple and sturdy and useful. It was great. You can check out the video here: You...
  7. Hatchet handle made from recycled oak rocker

    I made this hatchet handle from a rotten oak rocker. I used my treadle lathe to turn some beads, then a coping saw and rasps to shape it. Then I glued in a wooden wedge and filled any gaps with epoxy.
  8. Make a Mallet with 3 Tool

    Friends: I've been trying to make things with an ultra-minimal toolkit recently. You might remember the little bench I did with just a saw, a hatchet, and a drill. Well, there were times during that build that I needed to hit the back of the hatchet (much like you would tap a chisel). I used...
  9. 1 Piece Wooden Mallet

    This is a no brainer… the hardest part was turning the wood without a lathe. I used a belt sander and coarse sanding belt instead! It seems a little too light so I may drill a hole it the end and add some split shot lead and glue a cap in it. Its made to be disposable. I made it from a chunk of...
  10. Refinished Handaxe of unclear origin

    Not the most exciting thing, perhaps, but I do love tools, and refinishing them. [first three pics are the "after", and the last is the only "before" I had. Yes that's yellow electrical tape around the neck, for some reason.] For my entire life, my mother has had this handaxe knocking around...
  11. New handle for a broken hatchet

    Bought a new smith and Wesson hatchet about a year ago and the first time I used it on a camping trip the plastic handle broke and revealed a hollow plastic handle. Wasn't happy.. After sitting in my Alice pack for a year, I pulled it out chiseled away the remaining plastic and fit it with a...
  12. Book Rack

    I came across a 1×6 of curly maple at our local Menards about a year ago, so badly twisted and crooked that i knew it would have to be chopped up to be of any use. It was on sale and I had a coop-on so I bought it and squirreled it away for the right project. When SWMBO showed me a pic of a...
  13. Pear Cereal Spoon

    Late winter is a great time to prune fruit trees here in the PNW. My husband and I bought a small farm with an orchard in January and the trees were really out of control. Thankfully, that meant for lots of great wood to practice spoon carving and plenty of lessons in pruning. The trees have...
  14. Hatchet handle replacement

    So my Mother and Father came to visit me at school this weekend and my Father surprised me with a Sam Collins axe! I'm not sure how many of you know who Sam Collins is. Samuel W Collins was an Axe Manufacture whose company revolutionized the way Axes were made. In 1844 Collins hired Elisha Root...
  15. Shark jaws mounted on Cedar

    My boyfriend and I have been enjoying antique treasure hunting lately, and last week he found these shark jaws. They were mounted on what looked like a piece of split firewood. I knew I wanted to redo the mount and happen to have some cedar tree trunk chunks lying around to dry. So, I found my...
  16. Hatchet Camping Bushcraft History Grandpa Daughter Making New Handle Duct Tape Cover

    Project Story: If you are new to my keyboard dribble, I do apologize beforehand. Few people could find something to type about for 4,261 words when discussing a young girl's new hatchet….but I can. Some call it a gift, others a call it a curse. My goals in writing are to tell a heart-story...
  17. Celtic Pen

    I made this pen for my son-in-law. It is a Celtic ball point from PSI with a turquoise dyed and stabilized boxelder burl barrel. Inlaid into the barrel is a "Celtic Knot" made from 4 layers of maple and walnut wood. All this is finished with a CA finish.
  18. Maple spoon

    Hi friends, here is a maple spoon I carved down a few days back and I figured I would add it to the list! Tools/materials used: Froe, hatchet, copeing saw, whittleing knives, hook knife, spokeshave, sandpaper, and some health store olive oil. Thanks for looking! Joe
  19. Log Raft

    What to do on a beautiful day with friends? Build a log raft of course!! After floating down the river on plastic tubes one day, we decided we had to build ourselves a log raft. So we went down to the river and started gathering logs. Our tools of choice were a hatchet, a knife and some twine...
  20. Spoons for the season!

    Hey everyone, Here are some spoons from plum and cherry! Length about 9 1/2 and bowl widths around 1 1/2. Finished in flaxseed oil from the healthfood store. Have a wonderful holiday season and I thank you for your inspirational work! Joe
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