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Oct 10, 2019

How to Sharpen and Care For Your Axe

Fall means many things. Most important among them: firewood season. Whether building a campfire in a stone ring for cooking, heating your space via a woodstove, or just setting your indoor fireplace ablaze for some warmth, these next six months are all about the cheer that can only come from the presence of an open flame. 
So, as we settle into the new half of the year, let's take a moment to address humankind's most primitive tool: the axe. Whether your splitting whole tree rounds, dividing logs into kindling, or getting creative with woodcarving, the process is simple, and only needs to happen once a year for the average non-lumberjack. Here's how to sharpen an axe.    

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Sep 22, 2016

Q: Do You Really Need a Chain Saw? A: Absolutely. Here's Why.

Picking a great chainsawThe chain saw. Love it or fear it, this workhorse has made its way into my DIY life after years of avoiding it. And?  I'm totally mad I waited this long! A chain saw is a great tool for even the most entry level of projects, and, if you use good technique and follow the right precautions, totally safe to use. With autumn officially here, we're taking a look at this essential piece of gear. 

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Aug 26, 2016

Make Your Own Tomahawk Survival Axe...That Also Opens Beers

A survival axe built to cover anything the average camper might need: hacks firewood, saws most anything, and comes with a bottle opener. A weekend of mountaineering and carrying multiple tools led to its invention Bennewho passes on his wisdom in this full-on how-to...

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Aug 13, 2015

Yes, You Can Shave with an Axe. Here's How to Do It.

You've seen it. Old movies, Looney Tunes cartoons, vintage black and white photos that at least look real. An axe is, after all, a sharp blade, and apparently, you can shave with it.    

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Mar 06, 2015

Weekend Project: How to Make a Lumberjack Table

This weekend, consider making the ultimate tongue-in-cheek-yet-totally-serious rustic woodsman furniture: the lumberjack table. It's a big old tree slab with axe handles for legs. For real. Or not.    

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Oct 22, 2014

The Process: Crafting an Axe From Scratch

created at: 10/19/2014

John Neeman Tools began when Latvian carpenter Jacob asked a local village bladesmith to craft three timber framing tools for his timber framed homestead project. The two quickly realized how well they - and their craftsmanship - paired together, and so they recruited a young local blacksmith from another nearby village along with a couple other friends to form John Neeman Tools.   

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Feb 21, 2014

Weekend Project: Make a Leather Camp Axe Sheath

The winter weather isn't quite over, but it seems we've seen the worst of the polar vortexes (vorticises?). So, while it's not quite the time to head out on weekend camping trips (unless your loaded with four-season and mountaineering gear), it is the time to think about heading out on weekend camping trips and getting your gear ready.    

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Jan 17, 2014

Weekend Project: Make a Wooden "Viking" Beer Mug...No Power Tools Required

Sometimes a pint glass'll do...and sometimes, your beer (or grog...or mead) needs to be sipped from a genuine, rough hewn wooden mug, made with nothing but a hatchet and a knife.

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Nov 02, 2012

How to: Sharpen an Axe (A Step-by-Step Guide)

created at: 04/16/2013

Like kitchen knives, scissors, and most things designed to cut solid material into smaller pieces, an axe is only as good as its edge.  

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Sep 18, 2012

How to: Make Your Own DIY Painted or Stained Axe

Best Made Co., the New York-based design company known for producing rustic yet infinitely stylish accesssories and tools with a modern masculine feel, first gained attention for their colorful (designer?) axe and tool handles. And now, they've created a how-to that gives you full, step-by-step instructions to customizing your own tools.  

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Jul 11, 2012

Warped: A Classic Axe Joke

Know any good lumberjack jokes? No, me neither.

But, did you hear the one about the guy from the city who spent his weekends at his cabin in the woods?

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