This collaboration with the talented James Wood is turned out to be a truly enjoyable piece.
The material selection and processes such as the hand carved faceted ergonomic handle, and an expertly forged head by James are of the highest quality. The saddle stitched and stamped veg tanned leather sheath further enhanced with copper rivets to protect that precious edge. I have used a walnut wedge to complement the sheath.
This carving axe was designed with ergonomics and functionality in mind. The traditional bearded head profile, and the faceted re-curved handle makes it an ideal carving axe for a wide range of carving tasks.
I have introduced a proud wedge on all of my axes. This serves a dual functionality. If the axe is going to be used in a really hot and dry climate there is a chance that the handle might shrink a little but with a few taps on the wedge the handle could be re-tightened. The secondary function is that with an axe that is meant to be used for generations there will come a time when the edge needs to be re-ground and this is a lot easier to achieve if the head is removed from the handle. With a proud wedge it is easier to get a purchase on the wedge and remove it as opposed to when it's trimmed flush.
As always, form follows function but I really wanted to push the aesthetics further. This axe will serve you beyond your generation, and when you pass it on it will carry my story and yours that you have created over the years.