I haven't posted anything to this blog for a long time for several reasons. There has not been much going on in the shop because it is unheated. I worked a 27 hour day at my driving job and that takes it's toll. But the main reason is that my camera died and I have yet to prove its replacement. I'm working on some custom sledge hammer handles formed by hand from some of my dead ash trees. I renewed my checkering skills by putting a grip area on one of the handles. It felt so good to have that extra grip on a 16 LB head with a 14" handle. Best fixer upper tool in the box! I'm also restoring three hand saw blades with no handles. Learning how to remove heavy rust and years of grime without destroying the blade. Two of them had a "kink" which was no more than a slight bend biasing the blade into a curve. I learned how to carefully hammer them out without leaving hammer marks, so now they are straight and ready for more polishing. Then it is time to sharpen them and put appropriate new handles on. Pictures when done.
Dan is an experienced woodworker who is anxious to make an heirloom of the future for you.