Hi guys and girls,
I'm stoked to have found this site- great idea! My name is Evan, I'm based in Nelson and I love tramping and motorcycle camping round the south island. If anyone is keen to meet up for a chat and see if we'd be good company for trips etc, I'd be well up for that.
Also I've had a lifelong fascination with axes (and basically all outdoors equipment, but mainly axes :), I really enjoy renovating old heads and giving them a new lease of life. I have a massive stack of old heads in the garage that I sharpen, polish and re-handle on rainy days, and I'm very keen to start making my own handles. If anyone local would be willing to give me a few tips or show me the ropes I'm sure we could do some kind of skill trade!
Thanks for letting me join the site and it's great to be on here- already been enjoying the wealth of community information that's being shared.
I like axes too, though many of mine wouldn't agree, they are well used but not so well cared for. I have 5 at the moment, the best being an old Kelly axe, needs a new handle. I hate buying handles, they are crap quality and very expensive.
I bought an axe with a fibreglass handle which lasted about two weeks.
Have you had any feedback on good NZ woods for handles?
I read an old account of forest workers using Rata for handles though not sure how you could source rata.