I see a lot of these over-priced, pantone colored, chrome-dipped axes on men’s sites these days. Sure, they are cool. But they are more about some need for urban men to fill some psychological need then they are about filling the wood shed. Trendy, over-priced axes will come and go, but the woodman’s tool is here to stay.
This vintage U.S. Forest Service guide to axe craft from start to finish is the ultimate guide to restoring, sharpening, stripping bark, splitting wood, and just about anything else you can think of axe related. If you have ever spent a cold winters day chopping wood, give it a watch. Bonus: Spontaneous rag combustion with linseed oil!