Hickory has a good reputation. I have seen ash used, but I've seen it split. I'd guess oak would share that tendency and cherry would not stand up well at all.Thanks Bill.
I've found six or seven axe heads here on the property, some are double bit. The house is 150 years old. Some are in really bad shape and rusted. Also a few 'homemade' wedges. All kinds of metal parts tractor/plow parts are spread around the property.
I wish I'd set up more heads on hickories back when I did this one. Maybe I'll do it this winter.
Is hickory best?
I've got lots of red oak saplings and wild cherry, too.
Do you think I may have 'picked' it a little early?
The tree was starting to look unhealthy I think due to be girdled.
I will have to look into how making a kerf is done. I don't want to remove the handle from the head if I don't have to.Well, shrinkage may be a problem. Time will tell on that. Any thoughts on making a kerf for a wedge to tighten the handle in the head?
I think the most I would add is a iron or steel wedge after much drying, if and when needed. Handle may be smoothed with spud and shave. Don't trust my memory but hackmatock best handle,after what ash definitely works. Beech for mallethead I believe.Should be no rush on creating a kerf. I would think it best to wait, and I'd like to see if the wood above the head is beneficial.
I haven't used it yet. Still in the living room!Update? How did it work out. Years ago I hand split all my firewood and my dad's firewood. Made handles out of White Oak saplings for 8 and 10 pound sledge hammers and a 6 pound maul. They never lasted as good as the store bought hickory handles.