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Fitting a Custom Axe: From Handle to Sheath

Course Overview

The axe is perhaps the most indispensable of all tools in the north woods. A sharp axe, skillfully wielded, makes tasks from splitting kindling to carving spoons and canoe paddles a pleasure. In this course, students will begin with a hand­forged axe head, then make a hardwood handle and fit it to the head to create a custom hand­axe. Next, students will make leather sheaths to protect the axe’s razor sharp edge. The final portion of the class will be dedicated to studying axe sharpening, axe geometry, and axe technique. Methods for carving, splitting, and shaving with an axe will be practiced, and each student will leave with their custom handled light axe in its handsome leather sheath. The axe head is a hybrid-style, suitable for carving or camp purposes.

Registration in the March 2017 session of this class includes participation in mini classes & excursions on Friday, March 3, as part of Wood Week. More information will be provided upon registration. Please plan to participate!


Sat, Apr 14th, 2018  –  Sun, Apr 15th, 2018

Course Details

Length: 2 days
Skill Levels: Beginner to Advanced
Hours: 9am-5pm
Intergenerational age: 15+
Registration Cost: $350.00 *
* Early-Bird rate in effect until Sat, Mar 3rd, 2018
Includes materials fee of $180.00


You will need the following tools for this class:

Mora­ style carving knife (available at our school store)

Once registered, students will receive a confirmation email with further class information. Please call the front office if you have not received it within 24 hours.

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* Early-Bird rate in effect until Sat, Mar 3rd, 2018
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