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  • Sharing craft at North House Folk School - Robin Wood
    place I would recommend a visit even if it means a significant bit of traveling One of my students however had driven from Texas 1500 miles in a huge camper truck that did 8 miles to the gallon As a committed environmentalist I would not recommend doing that You may also like to read Teaching and learning in the USA Birch Bark Canoe build the final chapter China a craftsman s view new boots and panties Birch bark canoe trip to the boundary waters Black Friday One Response to Sharing craft at North House Folk School Dean Squires December 7 2015 at 12 40 pm I have taken a couple of courses at North house There is magic in the air at that wonderful place I guess you could say I am one of the lucky ones as I can drive there in about 3 or 4 hours Reply Leave a Reply Click here to cancel reply Name required Email will not be published required Comment Search Blog Posts News and social media My newsletter has updates on new products courses and events Sign up here Latest blog posts Creative goodness The story of a spoon Spooncarving knife making in Sheffield Do what you love The Man Who Made Things From Trees me on Radio 4 Featured blog posts How to price craft work business advice for craftspeople Which is the best spoon carving knife hook knife any fool can make something more complex but it takes real genius to make things simple again building the world s most iconic viking ship part 1 Welsh love spoons and cawl spoons how to make a new axe handle What is the best knife for wood carving and whittling which is the best axe for carving bushcraft general use how to carve

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  • Birch bark canoe trip to the boundary waters - Robin Wood
    a 1 mile portage means walking 6 miles 3 of them with heavy loads and then the sun came out Moose footprints we saw lots of these and fresh droppings but sadly did not see a moose and another portage most days we had three or four of these and then the weather cleared again we were incredibly lucky to get this in October it could have been snowing Paddling still waters alone in silence three days paddle from the nearest dirt road it does not get any better than this For me this is a spiritual experience More fishing still no fish Me in a very happy place What a campsite Did I mention my bushcraft axe Ken went fishing at sunset and finally caught our only fish of the trip a decent walleye We had spent 160 on permits but it tasted great Campsite visitor I guess we will probably be the last folks he can scavenge from for a while Loading up in the mist otter scat in the foreground This day we got really wet My canoe sprung a leak so I was kneeling in 3 of ice water we had a long way to travel with some big portages We stopped for lunch made hot soup and patched the leak in my canoe with spruce tar and bear grease as you do The last campsite We arrived here after a long day the last portage was in the dark followed by paddling across a lake and searching for the campsite by headtorch No campfire but we rigged up a tarp cooked and were ready for bed The very last portage in the rain Thankfully the final lake we had a tailwind and almost surfed the last mile home Closing selfie It was a very special time with very special people What did I learn Very hard work when shared with good friends can be fun Time spent deeply immersed in nature is a fine antidote to time spent in front of a screen If you find truly amazing inspiring people you should go out of your way to make sure you spend quality time with them there will be very valuable outcomes yet unknown down the line Those five days will be remembered in fine detail in many years time they were precious I should strive to make more times in my life when I am living like this You may also like to read Do what you love Black Friday Heading to the USA Haddon Hall show preview fantastic video of foot powered bowl turning in China Sharing craft at North House Folk School 6 Responses to Birch bark canoe trip to the boundary waters Justin November 17 2015 at 1 44 pm Looks like a fine trip Robin We should all heed the advice in your last paragraph it would be a better world if we did Reply Dan Bell November 17 2015 at 8 21 pm What a fantastic trip looked like

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  • How to price craft work
    this advice is based on personal experience the basic pricing method is from Richard Raffan s superb book turned bowl design and the more advanced branding and context advice comes from Alistair Hughes of Savoir Beds who gave us advice as part of the crafted mentorship program Two last titbits from personal experience if you make a piece that you think is just that bit better than the rest do not feel you have to put the same price on it as the others that took the same time it s OK to put the price up if someone else likes it too they will be happy to pay the bit extra and you can compliment them on their clearly excellent taste If you have something you like so much you don t really want to sell it then crank the price right up you may find someone that loves it and buys it and you will both be happy if it doesn t sell it s nice to have it around it elevates your other work If you make things in standard production runs and one of them just comes out as the best example of that type you have made so far pull it out and don t sell it Keep it as inspiration for the next batch until you can make them all that good or maybe even better You may also like to read welcome to my new blog and website new blog new website coming soon Prince s Craft Pavilion Ideal Home Show London Ideal Home Show and new craft awards 1000 year old trees and amazing woodlands in Majorca new bowls for sale in my gallery 20 Responses to How to price craft work business advice for craftspeople Ren A June 16 2013 at 1 53 pm Great article that makes so much sense Thank you for taking time to put it together Reply jarrod June 16 2013 at 2 15 pm Good stuff to think about Robin I ve been though this many times over and still learning or adjusting and I know you know this Another factor that has an effect is the demand for craft items and it s value within a certain market It s fine to set our price with the factors you talk about but let s say with splint basketry April my wife is competing with huge box stores or import retail shops that sell this handmade item for a few dollars This is the overall basket market She does sell her baskets within a different context and a sub market but it would be pretty hard to make a living just selling these baskets at the price she would want to make per hour There are just too few of people within the market she is selling in I believe and I know some would argue but the price does have a limit that is linked within the market you sell within and that market has a certain demand If she wanted to sell within the market that would pay her a wage like you suggest she would have to be within a huge national market that consists of collectors Which is possible but not something that one just gets into within a year This market takes years to get into to Often times getting featured in a home decor magazine or the like Beginning crafts folk sometimes try to start too high without taking in these factors you can set your price to whatever you want or need but it does not mean you will sell them or the quanity one needs to make a living That takes time and experience to learn how and to which market you need to be selling in to actually sell enough I think perhaps moving through different markets as we learn and fine tune our skills at creating our items and selling is fairly realistic and a common method this includes selling things cheap as you say Over time we learn and grow and in turn end up moving into a different markets for our hand made goods Another point I think about is historically craft folk were very low class but their lives were filled with hard work which helped make them healthy and happy Often eating food that was viewed as simple but actually was far healthier than the expensive processed foods I tend to value my family time and also my flexible schedule as worth something like 1000 per hour I carve spoons and sell them for 25 each so I m making 1025 per hour per spoon My bills get paid but their is more to life than the bottom line I know you know this as well I just had to say it I hope what I wrote makes sense It s a subject that deserves attention and discussion Reply privatepinstripe June 16 2013 at 2 36 pm I have always said that the experience of receiving a product is as important as the product itself http www hatchetandbear co uk product p p Reply Robin Wood June 16 2013 at 9 43 pm Thanks Ren and PP glad it was useful Hi Jarrod I for one would love one of April s gorgeous baskets if you have room in the pack when you come to the UK I will buy one There is of course a limit to the price that folk will pay within a certain market I was turning at a village show last weekend and I simply do not put work out for sale because I don t want to embarrass the folk asking how much it is or myself I know they are not going to pay what it is worth I personally am no fan of the collector market I dislike the ego driven art craft world and prefer to make work that will be used rather than treated as an art object There is in the UK and I am sure the US another world the luxury sector This is the world of handmade shoes bespoke suits vintage wine the people who buy these things want excellence and are not price sensitive They appreciate the work and use it and having paid serious money for it they value it Think how you feel when you save up for a wonderful craftsman made tool there will be people out there that feel that way about baskets you only need to find a few hundred of them a year from a population of 313 million Of course most folk can t afford or choose not to pay properly for April s work not many folk can afford to have a hand made suit either but as David Hieatt said to us at the HCA conference If you are making gold make sure that you are not selling it as silver Most people are not in the gold market but that is no reason to sell gold to them at silver prices Our job is to find the people who are looking for excellence and make sure that our work is correctly presented Reply Will Simpson June 17 2013 at 3 19 am Great stuff to consider Robin you and Jarrod bring up some great points particularly around buyers being price sensitive or not It has always surprised me that even craftsmen can be inconsiderate when considering a craftsmen s work in different media Sad But is is even something I have to watch in myself Robin you mention that some craftsmen price their work as if they are in the journeyman or master stage of their craft even though they are just starting I plead guilty I have been carving spoons since 2008 I still feel very much a beginner Jarrod sells his spoons for 25 I have been selling mine for 29 Now seems I m a little vain given his skills and my inexperience I m going to adjust my price Maybe I ll sell more and have to make more thereby developing my skills and getting better and being able to increase the demand One advantage disadvantage to having a higher price is that I don t have to make so many spoons Fewer customers but the customers I have are not price sensitive Reply Robin Wood June 17 2013 at 8 38 am Will I would not necessarily say someone earlier on the road should sell for less Profesional craftspeople often bemoan amateurs selling for the cost of the materials and creating a false impression of what the price for craftwork should be It is a difficult thing to do but if you were to put your work alongside a good piece of professional work if it is as good then sell it for a similar price if it is not then up there yet then sell it for less There will always be people who will buy based on price and there will always be people who have a great eye for choosing the best and are prepared to pay a little more We tend to easily get disheartened if we only sell in one context which is price sensitive If Alexander McQueen had tried to sell clothes at the local craft fair folk would have thought they were bizarre and ridiculously expensive Reply Nin June 17 2013 at 10 00 am I enjoyed this article and its timely for me since I know I ve been screwing myself on price for some time also have to mention that I remember the lemonade game Reply Sounds from the Heart June 17 2013 at 6 15 pm People with less making experience should not keep their prices down in respect for expert If they can sell for a higher price then the expert also needs to put his prices up If the journeyman puts on a high price and fails to sell it makes the expert look good Every maker should value their work anyone making original work should value the art as well as the craft You say time is usually halved by non productive workshop activities i tend to agree with the Crafts Council who suggested that in running a business only about one third of time is really productive Thus treble your needs for contact hours then double them again at market It sound ridiculous but any other way is the road to financial struggles such as most craftsmen live with Reply Will Simpson June 17 2013 at 10 12 pm I am but a simple maker If my spoons look traditional it is only by accident Selling spoons is local People who buy my spoons will likely never hear about the spoon makers Robin Jarrod Jogge or probably any other spoon maker of note Context is important I read somewhere that each day is worth a 1000 00 and to sell a spoon for 25 00 makes the day worth 1025 00 This is good conversation I understand the supply demand formula and the need to account for cost of sales but I so slow that using the formula would make the spoons I do make unaffordable I really like the idea of pricing the spoons so that they move and I have to make more As the joy is in the making Reply Daniel Moore Allen schpoingle nosubject13 June 28 2013 at 11 03 am It is hard and i ve just recently started selling at a price that doesn t make me embarrassed To people that are asking about this then they are probably not really serious about their craft or art you need to be putting out so much for so long that you learn all of this on your own you sell for as much as you can price it high and keep lowering it until it sells now some types of work just have too much time to ever get your worth in dollar back unless it s in a fine art gallery Robin did a post a while back on a clog maker who talkes briefly on this topic and this guy is amazing at what he does He also is missing teeth and is forthright in not being able to turn out work fast enough or not being able to make enough Making 20 pairs of shoes from hand is not like turning 20 bowls in one day That s the way the cookie crumbles though You better be in this for the love You better have to do it or you ll never get anywhere anyway We live in a time of individualism and everybody want to make their own art and start their own business This kill the market for crafts and arts The people who used to be support the artists now spend their money playing artist If you really want to make your love your living you need to dig in and relax For me it s nice being humble and simple is a way of life when things get crazy in life i don t fret i tell myself hey it s okay i ve got wood and i m gonna carve until i die and for some reason it makes everything okay any pricing or business will sort itself out through consistency and persistance everything in life changes but not the simplicity of doing what you enjoy doing sorry for rambling and ranting Robin thanks for sharing your life and thoughts as always Reply Minouche June 28 2013 at 11 03 am I just stumbled upon your blog when looking for green woodworking courses Great advice about pricing craft work thank you I ve come to realise that justifying realistic price tags to people who are used to buying mass produced goods is a waste of breath Getting my work to the people that will value it that is the challenge I m focussing on Reply privatepinstripe June 29 2013 at 11 32 pm Really like what Daniel Moore Allen says Reply primitivecrafts June 30 2013 at 4 34 pm Breaking into the business of selling crafts is hard enough without having to worry about pricing as well As we are constantly hit with a barrage of mass produced items that are sold cheaply it is often too easy just to price the things we make even lower Just searching for hand carved spoons on ebay etsy etc gives such a huge price range it s hard to see if and where we fit in Robin s post helps to cut through the minefield a bit Thanks Robin Reply Graeme December 2 2013 at 4 16 am Excellent advice Robin but there is another consideration that farmers understand There comes a time when a decision has to made whether to plough in a crop or sell it at a loss The argument goes that if you can recover the cost of harvest then harvest it and hope for a better season next year With crafts if you re starting out you re not only competing with the established but with the hobby crafters clearing out the basement for christmas cash etc There may be times when it is necessary to sell way below what you want just to get cash and make room I don t mean dump it through your main outlet or over the internet but sell through nearby fairs fetes markets etc at a cost recovery price the cost of selling and materials and keep the best items for a fair price I m also not a fan of the old Supply and Demand curve That model is why there are always people who can t afford decent clothes houses medicine and aids such as glasses and hearing aids even in prosperous countries Reply kiko denzer December 8 2013 at 7 30 pm Like farming art succeeds or fails not according to the number of carrots and potatoes you pull out of the ground but according to the fertility of the soil and the health of the community When the soil overflows with fertility and the community overflows with health all products become gifts and exchange becomes celebration This is from an essay at http www theworkofart org content making money Lewis Hyde s important book The Gift also puts this discussion into context Trade begins with an understanding of exchange rooted in the knowledge that all of life comes to us as a gift which suggests that our obligation is not to make money but to make sure that the gift can always move I have a friend whose career goal was to be able to do the work he loved for free That comes w it s own set of challenges too but it s good I think to consider the question from an angle completely opposite to the current consumerist mindset Reply Roy Davi December 29 2013 at 12 17 am This is a conversation that I friends and family often have and the obvious solution is always forth coming If any object speaks to you of it s own beauty then a price will follow Time and again this happens as I see other peoples work and think of the skill and soul put into the piece The stools and seats I sell at markets and festivals in Australia are varied in character and attract different comments fromthe people who watch as I demonstrate pole lathe turning The novelty of this act is a definite draw card to those who come to the many market events in the Blue Mountains and Sydney surrounds Setting an affordable price even when there are few people to compete against is difficult but I try to put a base value on my time then add extra which I call my incentive gape price that will allow me to cover consumerable costs and allow for my passion for creating craft that others an I appreciate

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  • which is the best spoon carving knife
    few batches of these and still use them for my courses though Bo is not always easy to buy from If you see them in stock anywhere buy one There are probably only two folk who have used more spoon knives for longer than me Del Stubbs and Jogge Sundqvist and both rate the Helgesson as the benchmark knife It s 5 years since I was last able to get a batch of Bo s knives and it has been difficult having students using them and then having to buy something less good I have worked with various smiths and companies getting prototypes made in the UK and never been happy I have now finally got prototypes of spoon blades which are excellent They are made from flat bar rather than round I rate them as virtually as good as the Helgesson hook They come razor sharp and hold an edge extremely well I am not sure how long the first batch will take to come through so in the meantime there is plenty of choice in the links above For the sake of completeness I would like to add three other good makers I don t have these knives but I have used them Dave Budd nice hand forged ethos Dorset Woodland Blades top quality control good blades Nic Westerman excellent blades You may also like to read The story of a spoon Spooncarving knife making in Sheffield Spoon carving tools giveaway competition Gransfors bruks carving axe wildlife hatchet and Robin Wood carving axe compared Crafted business advice for craftspeople The Whelkman of Whitstable Harbour 14 Responses to Which is the best spoon carving knife hook knife ziggy January 29 2013 at 4 03 pm Thanks for the round up I have recently gotten in spoon carving and find the Frost knives to be less than pleasant to use a real workout with not a lot of reward Pretty dull Reply jarrod January 29 2013 at 4 03 pm Hey Robin another great post Very informative Few people can compare that many hook knives Well done Reply Survival in the Wasteland January 29 2013 at 5 40 pm Robin for th sake of clarity are you saying you will have these hook knives you ve had made available for sale in th future thanks for th comparisons rico Reply Robin Wood January 29 2013 at 6 22 pm Thanks Ziggy and JarrodHi Rico I will have knives available but when and how many I can not say If you need a knife in the near future buy one elsewhere I can t promise when I will have stock available It s frustrating but that s the way it is Reply privatepinstripe January 31 2013 at 6 22 pm For the record I used a Robin Helgesson today under Robin s tuition and it was Brilliant with a capital B Reply woodnstuff February 1 2013 at 8 19 am Looks like you ve finally found the holy grail Rob Put

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  • any fool can make something more complex but it takes real genius to make things simple again - Robin Wood
    I know Captures the process and your joy of wood wonderfully well Reply Dave Challen October 14 2012 at 3 23 pm Great film Inspiring Reply ed iglehart October 15 2012 at 9 20 am Great to see you and hear you Digesting my breakfast eaten off your wooden plate as almost every day Reply Mr Fletcher November 10 2012 at 3 24 pm This comment has been removed by the author Reply Mr Fletcher November 10 2012 at 3 25 pm i m pretty contrasted about the video on one hand i m absolutely awed by your work the look of it and its feeling on the other hand i keep thinking it doesn t make much sense and keep asking myself questions like why isn t he using this or that it would make the work much easier anyway the video is a fascinating work Reply David Yule October 9 2013 at 6 16 pm Really enjoyed the video love your story and your lifestyle glad that you have taken up mantle of turning greenwood bowls Reply jd ware November 20 2013 at 4 27 am Beautiful Robin the work and the process J Reply Aled Dafis December 17 2013 at 9 11 am An excellent video Robin thanks for making it and sharing your craft I now have an urge to build myself a pole lathe and forge myself some hook tools Reply edward December 27 2013 at 9 12 am You are an inspiration for me With everything that one does there are positives and negatives I work in finance creating something from nothing Increasingly I find it leaves me feeling shallow and empty What you do is creating something real and useful You do it by hand for the good of your fellow man I wouldnlove to do what you do but I am not brave enough I hope that you are able to keep up the good work Thanks for sharing your video Reply Laura Mapes March 15 2014 at 10 02 pm An inspiring and beautifully crafted video You are my spoon and bowl hero Reply Leave a Reply Click here to cancel reply Name required Email will not be published required Comment Search Blog Posts News and social media My newsletter has updates on new products courses and events Sign up here Latest blog posts Creative goodness The story of a spoon Spooncarving knife making in Sheffield Do what you love The Man Who Made Things From Trees me on Radio 4 Featured blog posts How to price craft work business advice for craftspeople Which is the best spoon carving knife hook knife any fool can make something more complex but it takes real genius to make things simple again building the world s most iconic viking ship part 1 Welsh love spoons and cawl spoons how to make a new axe handle What is the best knife for wood carving and whittling which is the best axe for carving bushcraft general

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  • building the world's most iconic viking ship, part 1 - Robin Wood
    it is more likely to run true and straight get it wrong and the split will run out leaving you with one heavy thick chunk and one too thin to use The important thing is to get as wide a plank as possible by avoiding the split running out as it heads toward the thin centre To do this the shipwrights start by cleaning a 2 wide flat at the centre of the tree scoring a centre line down this with a chisel and then inserting small wooden wedges Only then do they start opening up the split with metal wedges knocked in from the end this is Gregorius And once they are happy they let visitors who s skill level they are not yet sure about have a go 0 This split started to run off on the underside so we started again from the far end this time it ran true It was worth taking the time as the original tree was nearly 1000 and would yield just 16 of the widest planks once the split is going well you can use a bit more force Tim with the big mell The thick wedge this produces is then hewn down to a single plank with a axe planed steamed fitted and finally riveted into place with iron boat nails More on that in the following posts I ll also post about the organisation and running of the project and the gorgeous replica axes and other tools Cleaving timber for ships like this died out Thomas told me in the 1200s we can clearly see that the timbers of earlier ships were cleft and later they were sawn but the art of cleaving wide long boards for shipbuilding was completely lost for 800 years Thomas and the team from Roskilde developed their way of working but no one really knows exactly how the Vikings did it Next stages are hewing the planks part 2 steaming and fitting part 3 riveting or klinking Part 4 carving worksite organisation and funding Part 5 Replica Viking tools Part 6 Overview Part 7 Launch You may also like to read Do what you love Birch bark canoe trip to the boundary waters Teaching and learning in the USA Haddon Hall show preview more old woodworking films building the world s most iconic Viking ship part 2 6 Responses to building the world s most iconic viking ship part 1 doug Fitch November 14 2011 at 11 41 pm Quite amazing My dad built a wooden scale kit model of one of these when I was a kid Reply Gorges Smythe November 15 2011 at 12 25 am Having been raised around a sawmill I find this fscinating Reply Norseman November 15 2011 at 3 15 am Fascinating I look forward to seeing the rest soon Thanks Reply Robin Wood November 16 2011 at 8 46 am glad you are liking it few more posts done now and a couple more to follow Reply

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  • love spoon
    And now to give you an authentic Welsh voice talking about cawl spoons I rather like this youtube You may also like to read The story of a spoon Spooncarving knife making in Sheffield Spoon carving tools giveaway competition Gransfors bruks carving axe wildlife hatchet and Robin Wood carving axe compared learning how to sharpen a knife properly woodcarving course shrink pots and kuksa 12 Responses to Welsh love spoons and cawl spoons Le Loup October 28 2011 at 10 41 pm Last time I was in the UK I tried to find a love spoon to buy for my wife Never found any Keith http woodsrunnersdiary blogspot com Reply Gorges Smythe October 29 2011 at 12 34 am Interesting stuff Reply Rhugl October 29 2011 at 12 04 pm Good article on a slightly mis understood subject Spoons were given not just as a token of love but were offered in much the same way as an engagement ring is nowadays The girl might be offered several spoons but would only take the one that appealed the most As you say there were several messages conveyed in the spoon itself some of which would suggest the man s virility etc On the acceptance of the spoon it was taken that there was a commitment made and a suggestion offered of the delights to come when they were married Hence the Wenglish terms spooning love making and sboner lover Cawl spoons were not referred to as llwyau spoons but were called a lletwad ladle A lletwad bach was a small ladle for eating your cawl and a lletwad mawr was for getting the cawl out of the cauldron The lletwad mawr had a hook on the end for hanging on the rim of the cauldron Whilst I agree that there are many variations of cawl what is described here is closer to a lob scouse traditionally served in the northern parts of Wales Cawl traditionally had none or very little meat and was usually based on ham or mutton bones boiled slowly on a cooking range or open fire over several days skimmed often The vegetables were added directly to the broth and would not have included such things as peppercorns Finally there are still spoons crafted by hand in Wales allthough maybe not commercially I will try to find some names Spoons were crafted by a Twca Cam a bent dirk or cleaver usually made in recent times out of used cut throat razors Reply Rhugl October 29 2011 at 8 06 pm Robin check this out http www 18531 com 2007 03 really making polyandry family pretty talented hostess Reply Robin Wood October 29 2011 at 8 55 pm Rhugi thanks for that interesting comment I was particularly grateful to know lletwad bach When you talk about the meaning of the gift eg On the acceptance of the spoon it was taken that there was a commitment made what is the source of your information There is clearly

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  • axe handle
    the handle And we leave it to dry This bit of wood was pretty dry already so 48 hours indoors will probably be enough When it is dry if I tap it against something it will ring rather than thud and feel nice and springy You can just leave it a month and be sure but I am always impatient This is roughly how it will look when done This is a cheap old head I don t know what the pattern is or where they were made but I have a couple like this they don t seem uncommon at car boots and I like the look of it as a carving hatchet The other old head would make a perfect alternative to a small forest axe for someone on a budget See how to fit the axe handle here You may also like to read Teaching and learning in the USA Grinding an axe the Sheffield way Spoon carving tools giveaway competition Gransfors bruks carving axe wildlife hatchet and Robin Wood carving axe compared Walsall Saddlers Frank Baines cool woodworking tool 3 Responses to how to make a new axe handle Eric Rucker May 6 2014 at 1 24 pm Hello Robin What a lovely generous empowering post I especially appreciate how you share not only what you have learned from experience but the reasons and parameters of what you think is the math behind the solution in order that we can enter into the process for ourselves and start to see and notice the sorts of things a beginner might not otherwise Are you familiar with Bill Coperthwaite s work to design a Democratic Axe In that case he was addressing the scarcity of affordable new or good quality second hand broad axes http www motherearthnews com diy how to make an axe zmaz05fmzsel aspx axzz30wPUIFE5 I think this post of yours is a good complement to his idea In your case helping others tap into the ready supply of decent used hatchet heads Thank you Eric Reply Jim Carpenter September 8 2014 at 1 23 pm From the Appalachian Mountains in Kentucky Great article since I have trouble finding good handles for any if my tools Have been carving for 30 yes so I will jump in and make my own Thanks Robin for your desire to share Jim Reply Joe October 14 2015 at 3 51 pm Thanks for providing the steps required I m just about to carve a handle for a felling axe for a friend and this will help with what I need to do However this is the first time I have attempted carving something like this and I want to make a good job of it I have a Gransfors axe at home which I ll be using to do the job and notice that it has ridges where the grip area of the handle is and I wanted to replicate that on the handle that i carve Do you

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