Sunday, 10 April 2011

Billhook restoration

Whilst rummaging through some of my grandads old tools I stumbled across this little gem, Its an Elwell billhook that belonged to my grandmother, who used it for chopping kindling. The handle was held together with tape and very loose, the blade was blunt and quite chipped in places.

I never really knew my Grandmother, my only real memories of her are in her last few years in an old peoples home, so I really liked the thought of her as a young healthy woman out in the wood shed chopping away to get the fire going to cook tea for the family.

I can imagine that the tape was initially just a temporary measure and she would have had every intention of putting a new handle on it, but as with most things getting around to it is a different matter. So I decided to re handle it for her.

The blade still needs a bit of work, but on the whole I'm really pleased with the outcome, just a shame she never got to use it, but I'd like to think she'd be happy to see it being put to good use.