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The Rough Guide to re-Handling a Gransfors Bruk Axe

If you have some basic competence with woodworking tools and a vice or clamping workbench you can re-handle a Gransfors axe. It takes care and patience and, as always, working with tools can be dangerous. Consider the risks, not least dropping a razor sharp axe head on your foot. If you aren’t competent try asking a friend or a woodworker who is.

My woodwork is fairly rough and ready as you’ll see below, especially the last image which is a ‘how not to do it.’

Clamp the the axe securely ready for drilling. Look at how it’s fitted; this is what you are aiming for.

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Visiting the Gränsfors Bruk Axe Foundry in Sweden

In September 2016 we took a trip to the Gransfors Bruk axe foundry in Sweden to meet the people and see the axes being made.

We flew into Stockholm and stayed in the excellent Jumbo Hostel for a night before picking up the hire care and heading north to Gränsfors.

We were made most welcome and spent a couple of days exploring the area and enjoying the Sauna.

Gransfors bruk standard axe head samples which the smiths check their production against for quality and conformity.

Gränsfors standard axe head samples which the smiths check their production against for quality and conformity.

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Traditional axes from Wetterlings of Sweden.

Wetterlings are probably the oldest traditional axe manufacturer in the world, still producing axes the way they have been made for centuries.

wetterlingsThe company has been making axes in Storvik, in central Sweden, since the end of the nineteenth century. In 1880, Sven Wetterling began manufacturing axes, broad-axes and bark shovels for the then-thriving forest industry. He was joined in 1882 by his brother Otto, who had spent several years studying industrial axe manufacturing in America. Otto, who was very technically-minded, was appointed foreman and immediately took responsibility for the production and ongoing development of the company. Continue reading Traditional axes from Wetterlings of Sweden.