ArboristSite.com Sponsors
 
 


Axe restoration thread

Discussion in 'Firewood, Heating and Wood Burning Equipment' started by svk, Jul 2, 2017.

  1. Woodyjiw

    Woodyjiw ArboristSite Operative

    Joined:
    May 4, 2016
    Messages:
    183
    Likes Received:
    449
    Location:
    West Michigan
    Trying to fill the freezer with another one of these bad boys... [​IMG]

    Sent from my XT1254 using Tapatalk
     
    Buckshot00, arrow13, svk and 5 others like this.
  2. rarefish383

    rarefish383 Addicted to ArboristSite

    Joined:
    Nov 2, 2009
    Messages:
    6,641
    Likes Received:
    17,457
    Location:
    MD
    Priorities are right, Joe.
     
    arrow13, svk, lead farmer and 3 others like this.
  3. Woodyjiw

    Woodyjiw ArboristSite Operative

    Joined:
    May 4, 2016
    Messages:
    183
    Likes Received:
    449
    Location:
    West Michigan
    I was guessing because of the weight it might have been a splitting axe. But I really don't know to much about them and definitely appreciate the info... Thanks

    Sent from my XT1254 using Tapatalk
     
    svk, lead farmer and Multifaceted like this.
  4. dancan

    dancan Spruce , The preferred wood of the Purgatory !

    Joined:
    Jun 24, 2004
    Messages:
    17,114
    Likes Received:
    24,185
    Location:
    Nova Scotia Canada
    svk, lead farmer, Logger nate and 3 others like this.
  5. Multifaceted

    Multifaceted Firewood Hoarder, Axe Junkie

    Joined:
    Jul 31, 2017
    Messages:
    1,017
    Likes Received:
    3,350
    Location:
    Hillcountry, South-Central PA
    While you could be right, typically splitting axes tend to have convex or wedge shaped bits, similar to a maul but weigh less; though I could also be wrong there as well. The weight and shape of the head says Connecticut to me. Definitely a badass axe, and a Plumb to boot. Would love to have that beast on my rack.
    Same here, that sure is a dandy find, though.

    Sent from my MotoG3 using Tapatalk
     
  6. dancan

    dancan Spruce , The preferred wood of the Purgatory !

    Joined:
    Jun 24, 2004
    Messages:
    17,114
    Likes Received:
    24,185
    Location:
    Nova Scotia Canada
    Look up the "Maine wedge" or that Aroostock ax article in (I believe) from a 1920's boys scouts manual , they describe a perfect ax with a wedge shape.
    I think skilcult makes mention of it in one of his YouTube vids.
    He's got some pretty good stuff on his channel (no affiliation) .
     
  7. DSW

    DSW ArboristSite Guru

    Joined:
    Jul 18, 2016
    Messages:
    917
    Likes Received:
    1,476
    Location:
    TheWoods
    No kidding.

    My local Craigslist is awful but luckily we do have some old time shops and flea markets where you can come across some nice 'cordless' tools. Nothing to that extent though.
     
    lead farmer, svk and Logger nate like this.
  8. dancan

    dancan Spruce , The preferred wood of the Purgatory !

    Joined:
    Jun 24, 2004
    Messages:
    17,114
    Likes Received:
    24,185
    Location:
    Nova Scotia Canada
    Here's some of the finds

    [​IMG]

    There's at least 10 Swedes in that pic , I have more lol
     
    Buckshot00, ray benson, svk and 2 others like this.
  9. rarefish383

    rarefish383 Addicted to ArboristSite

    Joined:
    Nov 2, 2009
    Messages:
    6,641
    Likes Received:
    17,457
    Location:
    MD
    I think I just ruined my screen? I was putting a circle around each ax head trying to count them, and the marker won't wipe off, Joe.
     
    farmer steve, arrow13, svk and 3 others like this.
  10. dancan

    dancan Spruce , The preferred wood of the Purgatory !

    Joined:
    Jun 24, 2004
    Messages:
    17,114
    Likes Received:
    24,185
    Location:
    Nova Scotia Canada
    Someday I'll gather up all of them and take a group photo lol
    I only have 5 axes/mauls that I paid retail, the other 25 to 35 are deals/trades and restos with the price from 5$ to 10$ , the handles usually cost me the most .
    I've also given away a dozen or so .
    The month of September is usually the best yardsale month up here .
     
    p61 western, svk and lead farmer like this.
  11. lead farmer

    lead farmer ArboristSite Operative

    Joined:
    Apr 29, 2014
    Messages:
    449
    Likes Received:
    1,067
    We're about you located at man. I'm in sc pa as well
    Here's a couple of mine[​IMG]

    Sent from my SM-G900V using Tapatalk
     
  12. tla100

    tla100 Addicted to ArboristSite

    Joined:
    May 11, 2014
    Messages:
    1,530
    Likes Received:
    1,677
    Location:
    bfe
    Picked up a Chopper 1 mechanical axe

    chopper1axe.com

    and a neat looking splitting axe. Also a hatchet that is offset, flat on right side and taperss on left. i think for shingling with old cedar shakes. "True Temper Flint Edge" stamped on it. Got that in vinegar and looking for a handle yo give to my brother. Old handle is split from bottom of handle and missing the top 1/3. Would have pics but photobucket sucks more now.

    Great uncle moving sale....
     
    dancan and svk like this.
  13. svk

    svk A little bit of everything

    Joined:
    Oct 19, 2009
    Messages:
    20,944
    Likes Received:
    52,414
    Location:
    MN
    That chopper 1 is an interesting tool for sure. Do the wings still work on yours?
     
  14. dancan

    dancan Spruce , The preferred wood of the Purgatory !

    Joined:
    Jun 24, 2004
    Messages:
    17,114
    Likes Received:
    24,185
    Location:
    Nova Scotia Canada
    Was out at a yardsale this am

    [​IMG]

    It has the blue paint that the Swede axes have , 3$ ;)
     
    LondonNeil, lead farmer and svk like this.
  15. svk

    svk A little bit of everything

    Joined:
    Oct 19, 2009
    Messages:
    20,944
    Likes Received:
    52,414
    Location:
    MN
    We know vinegar works for rust removal. Has anyone tried ammonia?
     
  16. dancan

    dancan Spruce , The preferred wood of the Purgatory !

    Joined:
    Jun 24, 2004
    Messages:
    17,114
    Likes Received:
    24,185
    Location:
    Nova Scotia Canada
    I've played a bit with electrolysis but no ammonia .
    I've been lucky , most of mine turn out fairly clean after I do any file/grinder work to clean up any of the burrs and damage from abuse , by the time I get them rehandled and coated with blo/tung oil or what ever I'm gonna use the heads will have most of it's original patina with minimal shine from the touchups .
    I don't particularly like a shiny axehead and didn't like the finish look from the derusting process .
     
  17. tla100

    tla100 Addicted to ArboristSite

    Joined:
    May 11, 2014
    Messages:
    1,530
    Likes Received:
    1,677
    Location:
    bfe
    One side is a little sticky but still moves. Other side moves free. Needs a little cleaning/lube but not bad overall condition. Uncle said he didn't like it or use it much. I think on small diameter straight wood it split ok.
     
    svk likes this.
  18. svk

    svk A little bit of everything

    Joined:
    Oct 19, 2009
    Messages:
    20,944
    Likes Received:
    52,414
    Location:
    MN
    I think many of those were received as/purchased for gifts as they were billed to be the next best thing. Cool find though.
     
    tla100 likes this.
  19. Multifaceted

    Multifaceted Firewood Hoarder, Axe Junkie

    Joined:
    Jul 31, 2017
    Messages:
    1,017
    Likes Received:
    3,350
    Location:
    Hillcountry, South-Central PA
    Just south of Fairfield, Adams Co. Nice work, duder - got a soft spot for Hudson Bay axes? They're a personal favorite of mine. I've got a lead in Sweden for a sweet old Gransfors or Hults Bruk hoping to get a hold of soon.
     
  20. lead farmer

    lead farmer ArboristSite Operative

    Joined:
    Apr 29, 2014
    Messages:
    449
    Likes Received:
    1,067
    The one up from the bottom is a GB with a homemade locust handle i made for her

    Sent from my SM-G900V using Tapatalk
     
    p61 western, farmer steve and svk like this.

Share This Page