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Old 03-31-2011, 09:49 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Froe, Adze, Broadaxe, draw knife, etc

Wood splitting thread got me thinking.

Is there a source for getting modern, quality steel, versions of these old wood working tools?
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Im reading Pronneke's book right now and have been thinking the same thing. You just cant go to your local store and find this stuff anymore.

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http://www.gransfors.com/htm_eng/index.html

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I used to see that kind of stuff up at the Mile High Flea Market. ME News had an article about making a Froe out of a leaf spring back in the 70s
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Thanks.
I am not familiar with any of the makers, so the quality is an unknown to me.

Yeah I am re-reading the foxfire books.
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Gränsfors Bruks is badass stuff, and somewhat expensive.
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Lehman's, but they aren't cheap.
I suspect you can find it else where for less.
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Gränsfors Bruks is badass stuff, and somewhat expensive.
yep... stuff is very high quality. Only bad thing is like all nice things... youre gonna pay for it! Of course... those are the type of tools youll have for life.
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yep... stuff is very high quality. Only bad thing is like all nice things... you're gonna pay for it! Of course... those are the type of tools you'll pass down for generations.
Fixed, but honestly unless you are looking at the GB viking axes and such, their prices are not bad at all.

I own two of the smaller GB axes and the craftsmanship shows. Each type of axe is made by 1 or 2 craftsmen. They stamp their initials on the head once it passes final inspection. Pretty cool, no mass produced by slave labor junk.

They were about $100-125 each.

Ever since watching the movie of the guy living in ANWAR building a cabin with hand tools, I've thought these kind of tools are pretty interesting.
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flea arket, antique shops, etc have these all the time...
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flea arket, antique shops, etc have these all the time...


Didn't even think of that
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I'm pretty sure draw knifes are still readily available most places. Well maybe not Home Depot, but fairly easy to find.
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I like Lee Valley Tools (www.leevalley.com). Good quality, honest descriptions, and a fair price.

EDIT: Their website absolutely sucks. Order up all their catalogs, and I guarantee hours of toilet reading enjoyment.

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I'll toss wetterlings into the mix also.
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Charlie's Tool Shop (Larimer St, Denver) might have some of what your looking for.
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flea arket, antique shops, etc have these all the time...
x2. Usually people don't want old draw knives, so they can be had for under $5.

Froes are less common--you'll probably be better off forging one from a leaf spring.

I sold an old broadaxe that my great grandpa picked up at an auction. He re-handled it with pine () and I didn't have a use for it, so I traded it off with the used tool guy for a drawknife and a block plane.

Making hand-split cedar shakes is very cool. there's nothing like the feeling of taking a froe into a big piece of cedar and watching a thin, clean flake peel off.
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I watched two guys make a canoe out of a log using only old time hand tools on tv one time. It was pretty cool. They had lots of specialized tools to make the job easier. The one that comes to mind is an axe with an offset head to debark the tree.
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Oh! I forgot:

Many old drawknives are 2 layers of steel--a high carbon steel edge over a softer steel spine. Don't use any rotary grinding tools to sharpen them--or keep them VERY cool, or you might separate the layers.
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I watched two guys make a canoe out of a log using only old time hand tools on tv one time. It was pretty cool. They had lots of specialized tools to make the job easier. The one that comes to mind is an axe with an offset head to debark the tree.
Offset head is a broad ax the one that looks like a hoe is an adz

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I've gotten most of my woodworking tools from antique&junk shops. I ask if they have any old rusty metal. There is usually a pile of old tools and irons in a pile somewhere. Most are worn out but sometimes there is a good one hiding at the bottom.

If you can't wait and want new then Woodcraft and Garrett Wade catalogs will have what you want.
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Pete there is a Woodcraft on Garden of the Gods
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