Also, I'm kicking around winter projects. I've pretty much got all the boats I really need, but I may still do something I can drop in the water in the spring. Whether it's finishing the skin-on-frame canoe I started a while back, finishing out the 17' Grumman canoe for rowing or starting a stand up paddle board fishing platform. Not sure exactly the route to go just yet. I have gotten a little further on a hickory walking/hiking stick based on old scout staffs. It should have measurements up the shaft to gauge water depth easily. I've also been thinking of ways to lighten my gear load on the trail, see the post about the wooden backpack frame.
Saturday, I picked up a Genuine Norlund splitting axe for $10 at a local flea market. It'll be my first attempt at bringing one of these back to useable condition. The axe is wedge shaped and has a head that's 8.5" from bit to pole with a 5" cutting edge. I haven't weighed it yet, but it's pretty darn heavy. The handle is 31.5" long and I'm currently attempting to drill out the wooden wedge and pry out the metal cross wedge without damaging the handle itself too much. It's not the nicest handle, really. I doubt it's the original. So If I have to buy a new one, it's no big deal. I'll have to sand off the varnish, if I do keep it. I'd rather have an oiled finish. Less chance of blisters, that way. I'll probably also flatten the knob of the handle slightly. I'll post more, as I go.