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Fitting a Custom Axe: From Handle to Sheath

The axe is perhaps the most indispensable of all tools in the north woods. A sharp axe, skillfully wielded, makes tasks from splitting kindling to carving spoons and canoe paddles a pleasure. In this course, students will begin with a hand­forged axe head, then make a hardwood handle and fit it to the head to create a custom hand­axe. Next, students will make leather sheaths to protect the axe’s razor sharp edge. The final portion of the class will be dedicated to studying axe sharpening, axe geometry, and axe technique. Methods for carving, splitting, and shaving with an axe will be practiced, and each student will leave with their custom handled light axe in its handsome leather sheath. The axe head is a hybrid-style, suitable for carving or camp purposes.

Registration in the March 2017 session of this class includes participation in mini classes & excursions on Friday, March 3, as part of Wood Week. More information will be provided upon registration. Please plan to participate!


New! Sat, Mar 04, 2017 - Sun, Mar 05, 2017 Course Full - Please call for wait list
(Early bird tuition deadline: 01/21/17)

Course Details

Length in days:


$190.00 per student (Regular rate)
$170.00 per student (Early-bird rate)


Beginner to Advanced

Age with adult:

* The Mar 04, 2017 course is part of the Wood Week event

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You will need the following tools for this class:

1) Mora­-style carving knife (available at the North House School Store)
Kerry Lambertson Kerry Lambertson

Kerry Lambertson lives in northeastern Minnesota. With a background in forestry and trained as a boatbuilder, he is fascinated by the interrelationship of traditional woodcraft and forest ecology. Kerry now builds houses, boats, and furniture, and anything else that strikes his fancy, out of wood, and cannot help but see craft as the intersection of history, culture, science, art, and ecology. This aside, he feels that the most critical ingredients in a successful woodworking experience are a healthy sense of humor and a spirit of curiosity and exploration.

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Fitting a Custom Axe: From Handle to Sheath