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Gerald Boggs

Axe from Gransfor Bruk's museum collection.

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While I was at Axe School, one if the things I was hoping to see in the Museum was one of these axes. Gränsfors Bruks sells them as "The Gränsfors Broad Axes model 1700" http://www.gransforsbruk.com/en/products/log-building-and-carpentry-tools/gransfors-broad-axe-model-1700/

Lars Enander in his book Klassiskt Jarnsmide (sadly only available in Swedish) describes how to forge one. Between the photos I have and the drawings in the book, I hope to forge one.


I've got a few more photos, but have yet to downsize them for the internet, but here's the first three.

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That's cool! The welds look kind of sub-par, but that just helps piece together how it was constructed!

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There were two of them in the museum, the other was in good shape. I liked this one for that very reason, it clearly shows all the welds.

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Cool! Looks a bit easier than the Norwegian ones we did (I did finish one later!) with Tom Latane. That big thick edge is interesting as well. And the welded-on poll.

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Very cool. I look forward to the additional pics to get a better feel for how the poll fits with everything.

Thanks for posting,

James

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Gerald, did you see the one Martin Claudel made recently? I hope he brings it along to Montmarillon in April

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I actually don't know who Martin Claudel is. But I would love to see one that was made in this style using the same methods.

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I just know of him through the axe works web site but understand he's showing up at the blacksmith/traditional carpentry demonstration in Montmarillon, Fr. this month. On his social media web sites he shows of course a lot of his work including forging up such an axe as the so-called 1700 model you've shown here.

 

https://www.facebook.com/609826759129934/photos/pcb.849339015178706/849336095178998/?type=3&theater

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On more of these axes, the old ones, I see that the key at the closure of the socket is only partially welded which I first thought was a fluke, or a weld let loose from use but now I see it recurring it makes me wonder if it's the intension that the under section is left weld-free there. My new-made one from Lars Enander is welded over the whole length of the key by the way.

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Interesting, but way outside my ken, I'm still working out the steps to forge it :-)

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