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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.

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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.

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