Ever since Lost Art Press published Make a Joint Stool from a Tree, I’ve wanted a German hatchet like Peter Follansbee uses. Well they seem to be impossible to find, but at today’s meet, I finally found one. It has the right weight and length to it, and the blade is thinner than a normal hatchet, and of course single bevel for hewing. The back of the handle at the head is also square, which feels right for finer work. The branding is marked Ochsenkopf. Looks like the company is still making tools, but I’m not aware if they have any US distributors.
Today I made my annual pilgrimage (about 3 miles away from my house) to my local area meet for the Mid-West Tool Collector’s Association. This year was even more packed than last year. I picked up a German hatchet, an Adze and a large Witherby chisel. I heard the voice of Mike Siemsen talking, and when I looked up I saw Christopher Schwarz filming Mike! I found out later from Mike that they were doing a video on getting tools to start out. I introduced myself, and only noticed later that the other half of Lost Art Press was also standing there. Sorry John! I am a huge fan of their work, and it was a cool surprise!
The photo below shows Chris asking Mike about saws. I overheard this exchange.
Chris (while filming): “So how many saws do you need?”
Mike: “As many as you can get.”
To which the response was laughter and something like “now don’t tell them that!”. It looked like they were having fun, and Mike continued to fill his 5-gallon home center bucket with bargain tools. I’m sure the video will be good stuff.