Author and amateur blacksmith William Coperthwaite takes up axe making and teaches the basics of forging a broad hatchet.
Coperthwaite's writing in " A Handmade Life" is both philosophical and practical, exploring themes of beauty, work, education and design while giving instruction on the hand-crafting of different objects, from a carved bowl to a broad hatchet.
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It is hard to find a good broad hatchet — a small, broad axe with a wide cutting edge beveled on only one side.
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The first step to making a broad hatchet is to trace this pattern on annealed (temperable) steel, 5/16-thick.
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The face of the axe should be slightly hollowed, like a shallow gouge.