Finnish collared axe restoration
Done the traditional finnish way with boiling the handle in water and using a finnish style wedge - snake head wedge. Open the full video description for more information.
Boiling the axe handle for 30-60 minutes makes the wood soft - the axe head can go down a bit longer on the wood handle, the snakehead wedge can a lot easier split the wood and expand the wood above the axe head like a big "mushroom" making it impossible for the axe head to fly off doing use. If done right will the axe head be a perfect tight fit on the handle after a few days of slow drying. This kind of wedge have a hook and it will not be able to jump up doing use.
Location: Denmark - my own property.
Most asked questions:
1. What wood do you use?
Elm - but I prefer ash. The Finnish tradition is birch for the axe handle and pine for the wedge.
2. What oil did you use?
3. What do you use to clamp the wood?
Shaving horse and bowl horse.
4. What axe?
I handle a Finnish axe made by Kellokoski model number 18. It is not mass produced any more. Use a russian axe made by Zik to shape the hande, not mass produced any more.
Video gear: Nikon D7000, Nikon 50 1.8, Røde videomacro, iMovie.