Monthly Archives: December 2012

Season’s Greetngs!

May you all get what you need, even if it ain’t quite what you want!


Nim & I collected our Strid Wood Father Christmas tree this morning, and my last two woodworking jobs of the year were putting a tenon on the tree and some subtle trimming of the top so it fits in the living room, which has a cosy low ceiling I can handily reach on those rare occasions when it’s needing decorated (as they tend to say in Scotland, eh Billy?).  As you can see we have seasonal drizzle in place of that nasty cold wet snow stuff.

Enjoy the break! We certainly will be doing.

From The Cooking of the British Isles via will...

From The Cooking of the British Isles via williumbillium

Side ax(e)

Peter Folansbee posted an interesting and comprehensive review of his excellent side axe/hewing ax here.  I just want to add my twopenn’orth without messing up the comments on Peter’s blog.

At The National Forest Woodfair this year I bought this (then) new side axe.


OK, it has a hickory handle covered in ‘varnish’ (note to self ‘Sand it down before it slips out of your hand one day’)  And the ground bevel is pretty basic:

DSCF1175However, the chap who sold it to me (Tony Murland) said it was a Swedish forging, exported to Canada where it was liquidated when the firm shafting it went bust (1960s).  He had quite a few of them.

Don’t bother rushing to Garant’s site to find one, as they don’t stock it.

It has some features you might think would be lacking.

The ‘flat’ face is convex-bevelled top to bottom:


See that gap between the ruler and the axe cheek?  Maybe 1/16th of an inch or about 2 mm?

It is also round along the depth of the blade:

DSCF1179So really, meets those extra requirements Peter highlighted.  Not a pretty axe, but a useful one, certainly hews more accurately than my Kentish pattern Elwell (even though it weighs much less).

The flat side is really ugly, must give it some tlc one day when I’ve nothing to do.