Old Axe Handles

Shaping Axe Handles

First, cut the outline using a bandsaw or bowsaw.

Then, bandsaw, plane or spokeshave the resulting shape to reflect the taper thicknesses.

Next, work to the Octagon Lines to create the first approximation to the final elliptical shape.

From hereon in it's pretty much carving, using spokeshave, rasp, scraper and sandpaper, as suits your workshop, skills and preferences.

Holding such an object for working is tricky, but this idea may help.

2½Lb Kent Pattern Axe

This is a rather nice axe by Cornelius Whitehouse which also had a very nice handle, both shapely to the eye and comfortable to the hand. Sadly, it was also a home to woodworm, just below the head, so I needed a drawing to make its replacement.

full size, accurate outline in PDF format (31K)

The original Axe

1¼lb Wedge Axe

This is the more modern shape, a wedge axe, again by Cornelius Whitehouse sold on ebay by mahking51. I requested further information, photographs and measurements which he was gracious enough to provide, so herewith:

full size, accurate outline in PDF format (5K)

The original Axe

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