The Wayfarer was born out of necessity of traveling with my tools. Japan, Sweden, Denmark, Canada, USA... I have packed my carving bag into my luggage dozens of times, and often found it to be too heavy or bulky. Also, hiking and canoeing with my spooncarving equipment is the norm for me. So, in comes the scaled down version of our Journeyman... same proportions, tried and true, yet meant to be brought along. Besides that, spooncarvers of lighter bodyweight, beginners and more budget-oriented folk like students and hobbyists might prefer a dedicated spooncarving axe, that is not breaking the bank nor your back. Based on my experience of the last 8 years of working and studying axes from Japan to Viking shipyards in Denmark, forging my own with masters in Canada and Wales and learning about proportions and balance in daily carving of spoons, kuksa and paddles. - Made from ball bearing steel, forged by a branch of Svarogych in Kharkiv, Ukraine to my exact specifications and after 11 months of developing and testing. Industrially heat treated in Kiew, Ukraine, under controlled conditions, these axes are keeping an incredible edge due to a balance of hardness and toughness. No shortcuts on work conditions and pay for at the forge, quality or sourcing materials to achieve profit! This is paramount for me and the principles of my brand. The Ukraine has a stunning forging history reaching back to vikings founding Kiew and beyond. What an honor to be able to work with these forging titans. Handles are made from Ash and sheaths masterly made for each axe individually from 8-10oz oiled Ukrainian Vegtan leather and fastened with rifle studs. A combination that will not wear out like most stock axe masks on the market. Helves are meant to have extra room for adding carved facets at your will. - Bevels are gound at 30 degrees and finished by hand on a strop, the way it is best for axes in my opinion and as practiced by some of the best out there. This is based on nearly a decade of carving using some of the best carving axes available and experimenting with a variety of grinds. - Specs: 600g overall 9cm cuttingedge Balances horizontally for less fatigue 27cm handle Heavy knob for bringing the balance point back towards your hand. Pictures show final Prototypes without Logos. - Covid-19 Update! The manufacturing time is about 2.5 months right now. Prices are a Woodsmans Finest exclusive promotion and might change. Full Disclosure: With buying this tool you are agreeing to your Name, Address and Email Address being forwarded to Kharkiv Forge in order to update you about your order and shipping status as all shipping and handling will be done by the forge in the Ukraine. None of your personal payment information will be shared. Should your contact email differ from your Paypal address please make sure to add a note with your contact email during checkout! The Forge will contact you within 5 workdays of your purchase about the status of your order and send tracking information once the item shipped. All orders contain a 50% non-refundable deposit due to production costs. If you have any questions please let me know through the Contact Page in the main menu and I will happily get back to you.
The Wayfarer - Light Spooncarving/Traveling Axe