The craftsmanship and skill that I see on this forum is so fantastic that I am amazed. I almost didn't post this as I fail to compare to you guys.
But... we found an old Eastwing hatchet laying in a field at my brother’s place. It was a rusted up terrible, the leather was gone, and it was stuck in the dirt. And I lost my pictures of it that I took when I found it.
I took it home and decided to make a project out of it. I grabbed some scraps that were from a mesquite that we milled from my brothers place and a bois d'arc that I claimed from a construction site in Temple. I pinned it with some brass rod from Home Depot and came up with this. And I learned a few things about drilling hardened steel on the way.
My intent was to make a working hatchet from the old piece of iron but part of the way through it I realized that this could look pretty cool.
I did not go as far as to stabilize the wood as this was a “just for fun” project.
I have another hatchet that it similar condition that rode around in different trucks for 30 years and is coming apart. I think I might give it a go too.
Any criticism or advice is accepted before I do another.