It's been a long time coming, but I have myself a Jersey, an icon of American axes, and while it isn't rare or necessarily old, it's in almost unused condition and that means a lot more to me than a worn out head with special markings. The head has actually been sitting around for months but now it's ready for action ... just in time for winter to be over. Oh well. The handle started as a rough first pass handle from House, seen in previous posts, thinned to size with octagonal flats applied. Then, using the sludge in the bottom of my vinegar vat, a little leather dye and lots of boiled linseed oil, I applied a patina to the wood. I just like that the handle doesn't look as brand new as it is with the vintage steel hung on it. Here comes the pics!