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My Adirondack lumberjack forebears would have been able to read these handles and all their various trade-offs instantly. At the forestry college some of my cousins went to, there's still a required course called Axe. Not Axe Maintenance, not Axe Design, just Axe. I'll probably never in this lifetime learn what that class teaches.

from The Art of Manliness

DIY Axe Handle

Making an axe handle is an old skill from long before you could purchase a pre-finished handle from the hardware store. Use this guide to master this old skill.