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    Finnish/Earlier Scandi axes - Kirves

    :)...That looks to me in need of re-blading:) Dennis,doyou guys still have anyone locally who'd reliably and competently reblade an axe?
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    Finnish/Earlier Scandi axes - Kirves

    Rowan has been long admired as axe-other tool -handle material in Russia but not used very often because of an ancient taboo against the killing of a rowan tree. "Russia" of course is an abstract concept,in this case i think it comes from the north/north west of that (accursed) place,meaning...
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    Finnish/Earlier Scandi axes - Kirves

    Another photo from the same small natural preserve on the shores of the Baltic sea. The "moral" that i see here is that The Environment,the Architecture,and the Tools used to construct such architecture are all three indivisible variables in a single equation. (if you change one variable in...
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    Finnish/Earlier Scandi axes - Kirves

    Yes,Ernest,well,you know how it is-when a conifer stands all by itself it grows differently than when a bunch of them,close together,are all competing for light and stretching upward. The economics of logging among other factors dictated that one targeted a Stand of trees,one of sufficient...
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    Finnish/Earlier Scandi axes - Kirves

    Dennis,thanks for the video.I don't speak a word of Finnish,but Love just listening to it,(If i was a Catholic i'd listen to the mass in Latin,or actually if given a choice-in Estonian!:)). I'm not good at chemistry,and Ernest has corrected me in the past on particulars of using...
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    Finnish/Earlier Scandi axes - Kirves

    Och ja... There's an Old World principle that rarely if ever comes up on this side,and it is this: Any coniferous tree is divided into 3 very different sections. 1.From above the bole to the beginning of any (significant) branches. 2.From beginning of branches to where the branches,almost...
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    Finnish/Earlier Scandi axes - Kirves

    But you're right,Ernest,it's for the most part practice.Lots of practice. The guy in that video seems to be ambidextrous,too(something i've a hard time with). The log that he's on on the "cover" of video-see how he's finishing up the bottom portion of that log,looks like he did the top coming...
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    Finnish/Earlier Scandi axes - Kirves

    Not as clear and straight-grained,nor can i exercise selection like those guys there:) Finland,all of Scandinavia,is right up against all the ocean moisture,+ the Gulfstream...AND,many areas are dead-flat... I actually want to ascribe some of the architectural choices/decisions there solely to...
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    Finnish/Earlier Scandi axes - Kirves

    :)...I've only seen this once,in a museum historic reproduction video(ashamed to admit not remembering the region). The guy swaps the head from right to left handed use,in final finish hewing of the walls,inside and out. It was a symmetrical head... How do you do that with a socket-eye Piilu...
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    Finnish/Earlier Scandi axes - Kirves

    Dennis,i see the picture of the axe in title frame of video-Very neat work,Nils progresses incredibly fast,good for him! As a tool,those Laftebile are something else again...They Are a hewing axe,but they function in a very different manner from many other types... Gorgeous tools in...
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    Finnish/Earlier Scandi axes - Kirves

    And one more funky project,wonder if you're familiar with the term Tuura?:)
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    Finnish/Earlier Scandi axes - Kirves

    Yes,i like Nils a lot too,i especially appreciate that segment at the end of his videos where he kind of summarizes the process,his notes on it in a way. (at present i'm unable to see any of the video links you posted,but i'll check them out once reception is back) That book,and the scholarly...
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    Measuring For Replacement Axe Handle

    You're right about it being undersized for wedging(width),so that above is indeed your size. The very slight,2.43" vs 2 3/8" difference in length is about right too,the tongue of a new handle is frequently a bit shy in the front of eye.Usually the wedge,cut to full length of eye,will fill that...
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    Axe wedge sunk too far?

    Normally,if the wedge goes a bit sub-surface of end of tongue it's only for the better-it'll stay in there better. Also,since it went down it must've had somewhere to go(you don't think it started splitting the handle and going into the crack? That,now,would not be good). That metal...
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    Non traditional Ulu knife

    Good for you for thinking independently,and neat execution,right on.It'd be interesting to hear how it works for her(i'd guess very well once she gets a hold of it). As to it being "non traditional" i'd disagree,there were lots of asymmetric uluit (pl. of ulu in Inuktitut). Even here, way up...
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    Finnish/Earlier Scandi axes - Kirves

    P.P.S. Living very remotely,and connected to the axe-forging community by internet only,i struggled over the years with very variable success. One of the designs that i always found very attractive is a fairly common Scandinavian hewing hatchet that i especially like in Stefan Ronnquist...
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    Finnish/Earlier Scandi axes - Kirves

    P.S. Dennis,if ever you get a chance to actually watch an experienced smith put together an axe(any axe,really,but especially an older composite job like the Piilu),watch them Most carefully,each and every detail of process,all of it being extremely important. Record it for the future,if...
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    Finnish/Earlier Scandi axes - Kirves

    That's some excellent information,Dennis,thank you most kindly. I really like your plan,one's own forge is wonderful,and really is a must for the regular practice that makes the controlled hand-forging advance at a satisfying rate. I've been forging for 20+ years,and must say that tools,axes...
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    Is this a legit Russian sword or knock off?

    Google search for "Russian Navy dress dirk"...
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    Is this a legit Russian sword or knock off?

    P.S. I'll tell you guys a story about these particular objects:Many moons ago i frequented one of the Russian forums,kinda an analog of this here BF. At some point,after becoming particularly friendly with one of members there,in talking with him over e-mail and other more private means i...
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