Not only was it his favourite it also had added sentimental value in that it was the first thing he ever brought from a farm sale over 30 years ago. And since then my dad has been to hundreds of farm sales.
I started off with some ash that I split a couple of months ago, I like to make handles with almost seasoned ash as although it is a little harder to work you can get a better finish and it there is less chance of the wood shrinking and the head falling off, as when I make them from green ash I never have the patience to wait for it to dry properly!
Once it was roughed out I smoothed it off with a spoke shave and then sanded it down
The axe was pretty blunt, with some big chips out of it, I had to first grind it down, before filling and then using some diamond stones to finish it off, I didn't spend to much time honing the edge as its only going to be used as a splitter.
And the finished article
I went for a straight handle again, as I prefer this style (see post- A stronger Axe?). I Went for quite a chunky handle as its going to get some abuse and I want it to last a few years! Quite please with the out come though, especially as this is the first full sized handle I've made.