Here is the joiner’s axe (UK spelling). It’s perfectly shaped in every way and it’s mine. A joiner’s axe is not a green axe or a carving axe but it carves and shapes wood as well in most cases too. It’s not a felling axe because of its size but you could fell with it on a…

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Shaping axes and scrapers for spoon making and carving Shaping an axe to carve with is necessary because they really don’t come fit for purpose usually. Today we do the axe. Later the scraper. Here you see two axe types. One is large the other small. The one below is an old and well-used axe

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Most axes I’ve seen others use and picked up have rarely been sharp. Do I judge by this? I suppose I do if it’s a joiner’s axe and not a kindling axe or a felling axe. Joiner’s axes are working edges mostly and sharpened to the same level as a chisel or a plane. I…

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I think this is the last one at this point. The joiner’s axe split cuts all manner of joinery and may seem old fashioned and especially so to today’s carpenter-joiner. Even though I am a furniture maker I knew many furniture makers who never hesitated to pull out an axe to advance their work. This was…

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There is no one size fits all for carving any carving tool because the shape of the actual cut you want, the reflected result from the cutting edge and bevel,  relies on different issues, that’s why carvers often have what appear to be the same tools with different shapes on or behind the cutting edges…

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How do you sharpen an axe? What is your preferred shape for an axe? For relevant blog posts, click here

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Chopping spoons with axes versus other hand tools and vice-versa I think spoon making is one of those remarkably simple woodworking tasks that become even more remarkably simple with the right tools and a good bench. Rarely if ever do I see spoons being made the way I am about to show you in this…

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Try to remember throughout the processes of how we can make spoons that we are interested in investigating areas of woodworking and the goal is not to become a spoon maker unless that’s the limited sphere you want to gain to operate in. Spoon making using these different methods, tools, techniques and so on give…

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Axe Hard, steel Swinging, cutting, splitting Log,    large,    rive,     spindle Shaving, chiseling, shaping Soft, smooth Wood

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  • Francisco Alarcón on It’s All in the JoineryDear Paul, First of all, thank you for the wonderful journey you have taken me on with your videos, experience and information about the use of hand tools. Second, I would like to…
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  • Richard Seaton on It’s All in the JoineryI loved that post. Paul. Thanks You described it all with that passion which is so important in anything we do. I have been wood carving for 30 years, and have experienced several…
  • Paul Sellers on Plywood Workbench AnniversaryAll of my best vises are vintage Woden or Record versions. Harder to get in the USA if that's where you might be.
  • Glenn Philipson on It’s All in the JoineryCouldn't be put better my friend I feel exactly the same.