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  Small Bearded Hatchet 2 of 3  

In order to achieve a rich brown color for the helve, I used
a wood dye that is water based.

This photo shows the freshly dyed helve.

The dye dried quickly and I then saturated the wood with an oil finish.

Next I prepared the end of the handle to receive a poplar wedge.

This photo shows the wedge driven part way in as a test.

I sharpened the cutting edge with a diamond file and honed
it to completion with an axe stone.


 
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