I just read
"Axes: Timber Framing Tools of the Trade"
in the January
and it got me to wondering. I have very little call
for an axe or hatchet, so what would be the best type to keep on hand in my shop
for when a need arises?
Thanks, Kenn H
Thanks for your question regarding the best type of axe or hatchet for your workshop.
For general use in the woodworking shop a carpenter's axe would be the best choice. Our
has a straight edge and thin blade with a low angle of bevel that is ideal for
dry wood. There is an inward curve on the hand-forged head that allows the axe to be gripped in a
position enabling maximum control when cutting, paring, and using like a knife. Of course, you can
hold the axe at any location along the handle to achieve the leverage and balance needed for the
task at hand. At 1.5 lbs. and 17.5", this axe is light enough for prolonged use and just the right
size for indoor work. Finally, the axe poll is ground with a very gentle curve that can be used as
a hammer. All in all, a very versatile tool.
That said, if a band of bloodthirsty Vikings threatens to invade your workshop, you might best be served with our