Thursday, 4 August 2011

Yorkshire pattern Billhook restoration

This is one I did a while back and just never got around to putting it on here, although its not quite finished yet as the blade has only be roughly filled and needs alot more work to get a decent working edge on it.

I found it with some of my grandads old tools, it didn't have a handle so I didn't really have anything to work too. But from doing a little bit of research i discovered it was a Yorkshire pattern billhook, which tended to be fitted with either a very long handle, like a slashing hook, or a smaller size one that could be used either one or two handed.

Which is what I decided to go for in the end, as it seemed to be a bit more usable than the other type.

The handle is secured with rivets, having not done a great deal of hand riveting before they have not come out perfect, but they really do clamp down on the handle well, they just don't look that tidy close up. Although it does make for a nice change from doing axe handles or tools with tangs.

Just a close up of the branding, another Elwell tool, I'm getting quite a collection of these now.

The code refers to the pattern of the blade, back in the day Elwell had dozens of different patterns with each local area having a slightly different style. Areas as close as Knighton and Leominster would have had different patterns (only about 25 miles apart) To us this seems quite strange but I guess years ago people tended to stay in the same areas and as skills were passed down people got stuck in their ways and would have wanted to use the tools they were taught with, even if they were only slightly different to others