New Working With Axes

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAInstead of closing off the whole website, I’ll open it back up like this OK, but then it will remain in its static condition with its limited accessibility. What’s new is what I call the locker-Room!, just kidding, I will link to another section, really another website that is restricted and here is where  Working With Axes will happen now. When interested to get in there it will take a request either by sending a mail or through the comments section, or referral at this point – no I’m not keen to make anybody pay me money for getting in, not unheard of on the internet sites –  stating some minimal rational like why you would like to get in and prepare to make some indication of familiarity with and understanding of the topic, oh, like for instance, ” I am a woodworker”, or ” I have a broadaxe for squaring-up” something like that  but not something like “I’m a real axe junkie…” then accepting your invitation. Once in you will have free range to contribute, ( or not ) on an equal footing to what I myself have, so, make your own content: text (in the language of your choice), photos, videos ect…

Lets face it, the set-up like this should benefit everybody and limit the clowning around. Hopefully it’s something that you who have shown interest on this website before or from this point on will be interested in. Sorry I don’t know a way to accommodate complete anonymity/passivity plus control access at the same time. I get no satisfactory help from the wordpress publishing company for suitable website configuration so it’s my own efforts and in that sense quite experimental which means, well, which means I’ll do my best, it should be funny.

😃 (hint: smiley faces are sometimes more than they seem at first sight.)


Ernest DuBois


68 thoughts on “New Working With Axes

  1. Hi Ernest I hope all is well
    can I have an invite ? I might not even come in, maybe just peer through the window (or two) from time to time. for now tho I will just be on the porch choppin some wood !
    Cheers .

  2. Good evening Ernest, Infirmity leaves me with the ability to do little but various small work with hachets both broad (southpaw) and double edged. These littlest were made for me by a smith friend. Both iron with inlet steel edges. I have and still use a much heaver broad hatchet and a Japanese carpenters axe on what passes for my heavier work these days. I own, but am unable to use any longer, A broad axe, a twyble. and an a big swedish felling axe. I have enjoyed your nuanced explanations of how the tools are used and managed. I wish I had encountered you much younger and less broken. Please send me an invite.

    1. Thanks Collin, on the new website, with your invitation which I have sent, you can also add what you like more easily and at some point maybe you will show me some of these axes you mention and have made me so curious about now, it’s a sort of vicarious axe work, you know using them in another way.

  3. Hi, may I have an invite as well? I have several traditional axes of viking, newer norse, swedish and french types, and I use these for traditional woodworking, both log house builing and for recreating traditional handcrafts. I have also just barely started forging axes, but I have a long way to go :)

  4. I’m not a professional, but I use the carpenters axe and a few single bevel axes after the froe to prepare for my scrub and jack planes, to make all kinds of small things that are useful to me with wood that is around for free. I really enjoy the blog and would love to continue to see what is going on. I’m not very active on the internet, but I have an instagram you can see with some axe work farther down at

  5. Hi Ernest
    I used to follow your blog with interest and was sad to see it go! Glad that you now try a new format. I would every much like to be let into the cirkle as I am a professional restauration woodworker and try to use the axes as much as possible in my Daily work.
    Today I am on my Way to the Woods to split a large oak tree that we felled on monday so as to make Viking Road planks.

    Hope to learn more from you in the future!
    Regards Christian

      1. Thanks! Well the way we have gone about it is finding an already formed crack and then doing the initial split along that line. After 1/2 the log we 1/4 then 1/8 and finaly 1/16. Then we do some finishing work with an adze…

  6. I am a bit familiar with this Danish oak, it is favoured by boat builders here in Holland. On a trip through Denmark I once stopped my auto and slept in an oak forest. When I woke up in the morning and walked I couldn’t believe how beautiful these trees were. You are lucky to be able to go to the forest to cut one of them and split it for such work. If you are getting 1/16ths it must be very straight tight growth.

    You say you cut the tree on Monday and you can already see a prominent splitting?

    1. Yes our Oak trees certanly are things of great beauty! All the more reason to turn them into worthy projects!

      Yes the cracks were forming already in the woods. This was in part due to bad felling technique as we were doing the job with axes and a two man saw. Also the tree had a big lean to one side so it started to go with a very big chunk still uncut, so it split… However those cracks along the rays I often see in very fresh trees.
      Actually this particular tree is not very straight, but with lots off large knots. It was however quite big, about 80cm diameter.
      One of the things we are trying to get better at is controlling the split along the fibers… Tips? As this is viking age we try to minic tools and techniques of that age.

  7. Hey Ernest
    I’ve was reading your blog for a while last year and kinda fell off the bandwagon. I’m a relatively new greenwood worker / spoon carver using I use single and double bevel hatchets regularly. I would love an invite.

  8. I carve with axes, cut and split my own firewood. Just stumbled onto your blog and would appreciate greatly being allowed to follow and read along. Today I bought an axe head looks like that Hults Bruks Timmebila and need to make a handle for it, get it back to work.

    1. Sure Thomas.
      I’m going to lay it out again for you and others. This website is now just the front to the active website. The articles here are password protected and to view fully, unless you are really smart, you have to ask for and get that password through an email exchange. Requests for invites to the new website are another matter and get sent out through that one and then you have to take the step of accepting once you receive that invitation.

      I have noticed two things. First some will ask for the invitation but I can see the acceptance is still pending. Second I suspect some may understand that some think that acceptance to the new site includes automatically access to the old articles which require that password.

      Believe me I myself get confused with the one and the other so when you have any problems or suspect something is a mis, make use of the message board or contact otherwise.


  9. Hi Ernest

    Can I have an invite to the new website? I am a conservational carpenter from Sweden who works with axes.

    Best regards
    Kristoffer Frederiksen

    1. Thank you, I greatly apreciate being part of the new development of Working with axes, my favourite axe site on the internet. For some reasons I could not use my ex user name “mlef” which occured on the old working with axes.

  10. Mr. DuBois,
    I just discovered this site and alas….I was too late to enjoy its content! I am a woodworker in the US interested in Ye Olde methods. I would very much appreciate access to the archives as well as any new site in which you illustrate your craftsmanship…. as you see fit.

    Thank you.
    J. Schmidt

  11. Hullo, I carve with axes, not only steel but also bronze and stone for archaeology research. I want to get better at making handles and would like to follow your site. Katy

  12. I’ve been following you– or trying to for some time. You have a unique site with beautiful images of axes. I have quite a number of hatchets myself as well felling axes, a Pulaski and a huge broad axe. Please keep me in the know here Ernest. Thank you very much

        1. Ok, please tell me how it works out. There are some in the que who failed yet to accept the invitation so it does not always go smoothly and to correct it the communications must be followed up, just like you do.

  13. Hi Ernest – I’m hoping for an invite to follow your blog. I’m a spoon carver for about four years now (amateur not pro, I do it for fun), reading about axes and axe work is a pleasure and the hatchet is a big part of my carving work. After finding my way to your blog a number of times now in searches for info., I’d love to read your stuff. Thanks! Matt

  14. Pleased with your interest Jeff. Did you happen to read the entry criteria above? I hate actually being in a position to make this judgement so help me out some if you can. I have to say I don’t follow Axe Junkie.

  15. Ernest I am interested in some of the old world arts, like Coppicing and Hurdle Making. I am just one of those guys that has a little trouble with things I term artificial. I came upon Working With Axes and thought your information might be able to help on my quest for discovery. My name is Gerry Mccuthison,

  16. Hello Ernest,

    May I join the new site and access the old please? I use axes for stock preparation and carving. Would like to learn more.


  17. To answer your question KT – do you ever go by Katy? (if I did little smiley faces there would be one there just to put you at ease) check out the introduction section of the site when you get in there. I like you kid.


  18. Always interested in your axe musings, Ernest. Please allow me to follow your example further. Thank you.

    1. It’s interesting that you ask permission, I thought you were able already to access the new part. Is that not the case then? For example my last entry was on revisiting the fishtail form. If you saw that then you are up to date if not let me know it through this channel and I’ll fix you up.

      1. I’m confuse Ernest. I thought you were “moving” again. Yes, I have access now. Just didn’t want to miss out if you were changing modes again. Always wonderful to see what you’re up to. Thanks again.

        1. The cause of the confusion is when I bumped the entry on the change-over and pinned it up front so newcomers to the public section would have an indication of the new location. Since then some more have gotten themselves access so that part seems to have worked anyway. Thank you for the kind words.

    1. Part I can understand because I had taken the original website down temporarily but if you couldn’t get in the new one it’s not a good sign because you are certainly on the members in good standing list, even the golden star member list, even the legacy giving member list, you’re on all the lists I can think of so I don’t get it John. All I know to do is send out an invite and when you accept it you will even be on the please come and join in my website list.
      If you do get to see the new part it will be as contributor or author or moderator or administrator or some such bs but it means you should be able to post up a picture or two. Please give it a try with, oh maybe your new bandhacke and an explanation.

  19. Hy Ernest, I am a french carpenter, I am trying on my own to work again with axes. I got some already. I used to come to your website, I would like to do it again…. Thank you, have a nice day

  20. Hello Ernest,

    I use to follow your old blog and found it rather creative and inspiring. Upon return, I find you have continued your posting in this guarded format.

    I’m a green woodworker and carve vessels from bowls to canoe forms using elbow adzes (Pacific NW trad) as much as possible. I use single bevel broad axes for squaring stock & for general rough carving. Axes, adzes, froe, drawknife & sloyd knives are my main arsenal of tools….

    I’m a banjo player as well and have a saying – ” a banjo is an axe, but an axe isn’t a banjo”. Hope you extend an invite. Thanks

    cheers, -Ephraim McD

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