Watching Jimmy DiResta restore a fireman’s axe is especially cool because you get to see him work with metal and wood. Turning that dull blade into something shiny and sharp is already fun but shaping a block of wood into an easy-to-grip handle? Double the pleasure.
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I did this with an ancient hatchet. Left the patina on the blade though, wanted a rustic look. Its sharp as heck now. Finished with tung oil, and silicone.