In a recent trading haggle session with DCM, a friend of mine on the BCUSA forums, a Hultafors felling axe got tossed on the trade rock, 3.5 pounds, 32" and with a history it would seem. Originally a BushTramp (another member of BCUSA) axe that ended up traded on the blanket at the Ohio meet. Now it was being offered up in trade again, we settled up and called it good.
I was surprised by the Hultafors, and the helluva good whipping job BushTrap laid on it. Trade was a good one and now a Hultafors helps heat the lodge!
I'm thrilled with this feller.
Recently I got out to rummage up some birch bark, hunt some small chaga to replenish stocks, and enjoy both the axe and a new to me BHK Bushcrafter. When I'm foraging there's nothing I like as much as my pack basket for the purpose. I recently finished up a few additions and it was a perfect chance to get it out and have some fun. It's become a hot mess of traditional combined with modern aspects. From using several MOLLE attachments to a Bison Gear survival pouch mounted to the harness webbing.
I like to be able to carry an axe in the basket instead of carrying it in my hand. What I don't like is it flopping around and banging to and fro. So, using a 'Elasto-lok Combat Medic vertical tourniquet carrier I fashioned the perfect axe handle stabilizer. The set up slips between the ash slats on the basket making the perfect spot the set up the carrier. Similar to the way the MOLLE/PALs system works, the ash slats are nearly identical in size and spacing as PALs webbing.
Might be a little hard to see in the image to the right and below but it's self explanatory really. The axe handle is secured in the carrier via the bungie/buckle clasp. It certainly kept the axe secured, had no movement at all until I wanted to take the axe out.
So with pack on my back and Ace in the lead we hit the trail, into what might as well be the jungle of northern Minnesota this time of year!
|A fair piece of chaga to add to the stocks...|
Much of the rest of the day was spent wandering around collecting bark and just piddlin about wasting time. I collected enough bark to finish several projects, enough chaga to have a steady supply of tea and enough 'trail peace' to keep me even keeled for a while.
I'd call that a successful day.