what type of axe did the frisians use (sorry for the repost)

Discussion in 'Axe, Tomahawk, & Hatchet Forum' started by Titaniumlord430, Jun 25, 2017.

  1. I'mSoSharp

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    (Edit- cross posting :eek:, more of a responce to T430's handle wood thread, but still applicable here I think?)

    I find it amusing the way "Europe" is used like it's a country, not picking on this thread alone as it happens a lot :) it's like using America to include everything north to south on the land mass (& more).

    The culture, time span & diversify of Europe could make a huge thread about timber/wood alone besides anything else.

    It should also be pointed out that seasoned wood from the local hardware store wasn't readily available for hundreds/thousands of years, often a limb/branch from the nearest tree made a handle (without knowing the exact Latin sub species name), it either worked or it didn't, if it did great, if it didn't it was replaced with another from a different tree.

    I have plenty of evidence of limbs/ braches being used for tool handles, something that's frowned upon & doesn't seem to be mentioned, they are the most obvious choice for someone with a axe/hammer head that needs a handle without any monetary outlay (which would been important to say the least), by what I' ve seen a branch can be functional & long lasting. But it's not in keeping with the Amazon/eBay life we live where it seems something can only have "value" if it is payed for, usually the more the better............

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  2. Agent_H

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    That's an interesting site unto itself Steve.
     
  3. jake pogg

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    Thank you,Steve,what a brilliant stroke of research!

    That was exactly the point that i tried to make(so clumsily,without this clear example...).

    The marks left by the tools really tell a much fuller story than even the tools themselves,about the general culture surrounding the time in question,and much,Much,that will help us in some way to understand,or even to re-create the tool of the time.

    That's a beautiful,classic German "goosewing" broadaxe.Arguably,the most elegant and complex axe in the world...They say that you can't really call yourself a carpenter till you've framed a dormer,similarly,i don't think you can be called a blacksmith till you've forged a goosewing...:)...(i haven't,though a friend and i have tried to haze one another into trying for many years now....:).
    They're still made,and are available new in Gemany,as well as many a classy old ones on German ebay(surprisingly inexpensive.....).
    A German friend told me that he'd seen one among the bunch of tools belonging to a fully modern construction company,staged by the side of the road among wormdrive saws,nailguns and compressors...:)...alive and well,after all the centuries...
     
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  4. garry3

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    I think there are still some guys using what ever they have on hand. Not numerous, but that mind set is not quite dead.
     
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  5. Kevin Houtzager

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  6. Titaniumlord430

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    kevin i am sad that ash trees are dieing ,do you know if they have a chance to live , also europen oak is not at my local timber store , any over options that i can find at my timber store. thanks a lot for all the help
     
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  9. Titaniumlord430

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    oh i can find oak and ash in the local timber store , oak is 14 cad per square food , ash is 11 cad per square foot , it is not that i can not afford it , it is that it is that the oak and ash are both non European species. Maybe i am being picky ,also the axe head is coming on a plane and will be here on the 11 to 19 of July
     
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  11. Titaniumlord430

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    thanks kevin how many board feet of ash do you think i need for my handle , also can you show me some pictures to base my handles off of , i know it is straight and has no pommle , but does that mean your hand can slip off of the handle when doing spliting
     
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  13. Titaniumlord430

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    thanks kevin i will not buy any ash wood intill i get the head as i have no way to store it inside so it does not get wet and swell, do you know what style of mask i should make , thanks for the help
     
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  15. Moonw

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    If you want it to look more "rustic", though...just make one out of wood. Check Ugaldie's posts...
     
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  16. Square_peg

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    Here's a wooden axe sheath that came with my Craftsman single oval boys axe. I thought it was kinda clever.
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    It uses 2 softwood wedges (so they don't split from nailing) and 2 pieces of 1/4" plywood. But you could substitute 1/4 plank wood and have something that easily could have been made in the period.
     
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