Greenwood Axe

This German-made axe is great for splitting and carving greenwood for spoon blanks and other greenwood projects. We have re-ground and re-shaped the bevel (the angled edge) of the axe so that it is well-suited to greenwood carving.

The axe head is 600g, axe head length 150mm, edge length 105mm, handle length 360mm. 

You can either come in and buy the axe in person for $130 from our workshop at the Te Matatiki Toi Ora The Arts Centre (in which case do not place an order here), or you can order one online here for $145 and we will post this out to you anywhere across Aotearoa (i.e. postage & packaging are included in the $145). 

Learning to carve:

Your options for learning how to use this axe to make spoon blanks include teaching yourself with some help from experts who've made freely available films online like this old film series with Barn the Spoon, or for a small fee you can access lots of amazing tutorials in Barn's Spoon Club which is very worthwhile. Or you could learn from someone in person and if you'd like to come to a workshop, we teach axe use in our spoon blank making workshops often. You'll find dates for these workshops here.

Axe care:

Axes do need looking after. We highly recommend learning to sharpen and care for this tool properly as a blunt axe isn't fun, safe or effective.  You're welcome to come to any of the Sharpening workshops here that Douglas Horrell runs with us at our workshop at the Toi Matatiki Toi Ora Arts Centre. There are lots of helpful films on greenwood working and sharpening online too. 

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