Favorite Green Woodworking Tools-I Need Swedish Steel

Apologies to Uma Thurman

I was once in an axe fight, and the axe won, resulting in fourteen stitches to my left calf. The culprit was the Swedish axe at the top. I still use it constantly. My two favorite axes are both Swedish, a Granfors Bruks and a Wetterlings, AKA the Swedish Axe Works.

The larger axe is a forest axe from Granfors, a present from one of my past employers. It’s deadly. Just ask my left leg.

The hatchet was made by SAW, now part of the Granfors empire. Alas, they are no longer sold in the US, or even outside of Sweden. Your choices, if you want one, are to hit Fleabay, or go to the factory in Sweden. Fleabay would be cheaper.

Green Woodworking is taking fresh cut wood and working it while it is still full of water, and soft. It’s the way to work with woods like cherry, which are often compared to metal. Trust me, as I tried to use the forest axe on a small dead and dried cherry limb this weekend. The cherry won.

Kiddo in Kill Bill needed Japanese steel. I’ll settle for Swedish.

Author: southernfusionfood

Writer, Woodworker, and Happy Eater

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