Restoring an Old Axe

Saturday, 22 June '19   9am - 2pm
Michigan Folk School Campus, 7734 Plymouth Road, Ann Arbor, MI 48105
11 spaces available

It can be easily argued that no tool has had such a profound historic effect on the role humans have played in shaping their environment as the axe. It can also be argued that the design of the axe reached its zenith when exposed the the booming lumber industry of the developing United States. This course will delve into the design and anatomy of an axe, the cultural connotations different designs can carry, as well as different axe makers and regional patterns throughout the 19th and early 20th century United States. Students will learn how to identify a quality axe by brand, condition, and design, how to restore that axe head to working condition using simple tools, how to select the proper piece of wood for a new axe handle, and how to craft that piece of wood into a handle specific for them. The end of the course will focus on axe use and tree felling. Your supply fee includes an old tool to be restored.

Sat, 6/2/19, 9am-2pm & Sun, 6/23/19 9am-2pm


11 available

Michigan Folk School Campus
7734 Plymouth Road
Ann Arbor, MI 48105