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Hatchet and Chisel Workshop with Peter Ross

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Hatchet and Chisel Workshop with Peter Ross




This workshop will focus on making a small, light carpenter’s hatchet; the type commonly used by English workmen during the 18th and 19th centuries. It is double bevel, nicely finished, and comfortable to use. This axe will be patterned after a surviving example from 1770.

The axe is of “folded” construction, with a small bit of carbon steel welded in for the cutting edge. The procedure will include, layout, fullering, forging the ears, folding the body, forge welding the axe body and then the steel bit. Finally the class will cover finishing the surface and heat treating the edge. There will also be time to make a handle.

For those who finish early, a second project will be offered, though there may not be time to finish. It is a laminated edge socket chisel; and again, the common type used in the 19th century for rough framing and heavier work than cabinetmaking.

Students may make the pieces in either wrought iron or mild steel.


Intermediate/advanced forging skills required, including some degree of competency with forge-welding. A full, refillable water bottle is required, as well as long pants and closed-toed shoes. Lunch is bring-your-own, for which a cooler will be provided.



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