Re-hung axes showing the progression of color in the hickory. The one at the bottom is just a few days old (very light color), then a couple weeks in the middle and several months at the top. Once I’ve had a chance to use the new ones this winter I’ll get another picture of them together to see how they’ve changed. I suspect there will be more additions to the family by then.
A couple choppers I dug up at a local antique mall and rehung. I did the one on the right 7 months ago, so I’m expecting to see that same handle color eventually come out in the new one on the left I did just this past weekend. It soaked up a healthy helping of boiled linseed oil and is a House Handle same as the other one. The new one is a Gambles Artisan with a boys axe eye and the one on the right is a Wards Master Quality with the larger eye and what was supposed to be a 30” handle - give or take I guess. Either way they’re both shorties and more handy that way.