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    So today I made a new axe handle for a small Wetterling pound and a half head I had laying around, I made it a bit longer than what it came with originally, 24” seams like the perfect length for me!! I really like those small heads, they are a better all around axe head than the GB Scandinavian forest axe for one reason, the cheeks are a bit thicker and so it split better!! And now with a 24” white ash handle it will be even better!!

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      #3
      Outstanding! What did you make this wedge out of? Click image for larger version

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        #4
        Niiiiice....I have always like the smaller heads on oversized handles. Easier for me to limb with.

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          #5
          Originally posted by Big Al View Post
          Outstanding! What did you make this wedge out of? Click image for larger version

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          The wedge is walnut, I always have a bunch of small pieces/offcuts including wedge shape stuff that I keep in a small box just for that kind of applications...

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            #6
            Nice. I’ve got a couple of axe heads that need handles. Maybe this winter I’ll get to it.

            Jim

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              #7
              I have an older Wetterlings #118 awaiting a 24" haft. Sad to think they are no longer made, they were great versatile axe heads! The 1.5#-1.75# head on a 24"-25" haft is the Sweet Spot for a Canoe Tripping Axe.

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                #8
                Originally posted by Eidolon View Post
                I have an older Wetterlings #118 awaiting a 24" haft. Sad to think they are no longer made, they were great versatile axe heads! The 1.5#-1.75# head on a 24"-25" haft is the Sweet Spot for a Canoe Tripping Axe.
                I agree, and like I said the cheeks profile is better at splitting than the GB Scandinavian forest axe IMO!
                I'm wet molding a piece of veg tan leather around the haft just below the head to make that part more durable!!

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                  #9
                  The last one I put together was an old 1.75# Snow & Nealley Hudson Bay Cruiser on a 25" straight haft with a Horse Butt mask. The Maine Wedge is a nice head also, it blows wood apart way above its weight class! The Wetterlings never got the attention they deservered, I always felt the Wetterlings and Hults Bruk had a better edge geometry.

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                    #10
                    Originally posted by Eidolon View Post
                    The last one I put together was an old 1.75# Snow & Nealley Hudson Bay Cruiser on a 25" straight haft with a Horse Butt mask. The Maine Wedge is a nice head also, it blows wood apart way above its weight class! The Wetterlings never got the attention they deservered, I always felt the Wetterlings and Hults Bruk had a better edge geometry.
                    ha I do my sheath the same way!!

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                      #11
                      Now it’s done...

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                        #12
                        It came out Great!! The haft is perfect and two tone!!!! I also prefere the straighter haft. So many think tripping with an axe is dangerous and I can't imagine not having one with me. That mask design is flawless nothing to break or fail, with a decent welt no need for rivets, no snaps or buckles to fail. This combination is easy to pack, minimal weight and with the right bit geometery can fell, limb and split. The only axe built to those specs now is a Hults Bruk Akka. There is something special about the shape of those Wetterlings heads, they make for a beautiful axe!

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                          #13
                          I really enjoy seeing these axes. Great job on making a new handle. Maybe you guys could include a guide to making the Horse Butt mask, chuckle every time I've read that in print.
                          You have given me new incentive to make a handle for a Finnish Kellokoski 12/2 that a friend has gifted me. I have been eying a straight grained birch with the perfect curves. The axe is too heavy for tripping, wish it was a 12/3, odd looking head, pictures of handle even more odd.
                          "All I had were a few flies tucked into the band of my hat and an a old beaten-up Heddon rod, that had been on many trips." Sigurd F. Olson

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                            #14
                            My old Hultafors Brux has been my go to canoe axe for as long as I can remember

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                              #15
                              Originally posted by Boreal Birch View Post
                              I really enjoy seeing these axes. Great job on making a new handle. Maybe you guys could include a guide to making the Horse Butt mask, chuckle every time I've read that in print.
                              You have given me new incentive to make a handle for a Finnish Kellokoski 12/2 that a friend has gifted me. I have been eying a straight grained birch with the perfect curves. The axe is too heavy for tripping, wish it was a 12/3, odd looking head, pictures of handle even more odd.
                              These are awesome axes or at least they look awesome, I never had one in my hands but would love to!! I've seen video of them in use and what a work horse!!
                              As for the hors but mask I can try to make a photo tutorial next time I need to make one!

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