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This is a badge bit (BB) that is part of the PEP curriculum.  Completing this BB is part of getting the sand badge in tool care.

Tools are much more useful if they have handles.  Handles occasionally break and need to be replaced.  Let's learn how to make a handle!

Tools handles that qualify for this BB are:
 - axe
 - hatchet
 - maul
 - sledge
 - hammer
 - pick
 - pickaxe
 - pulaski
 - fokken hoe

Split wood is generally better stock to use for handles but store-bought will work if you watch the grain (as mentioned in this video):


To get certified for this BB, post three pics:

  - pic of tool with missing/broken/inadequate handle
  - pic of new handle under construction
  - pic of tool with new handle installed
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I did this at the PEP1 event!  Not best handle but it's possibly the prettiest
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Hammer head and chunk of wood
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Shaping handle with shave horse and draw knife
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Finished beauty
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I certify this BB is complete.

 
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This is a handle I crafted for a sledge hammer at the PEP 1 course.
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Something's missing
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Don't tell Gandalf
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Draw knives work fast!
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Shaping the neck
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Creating the slit for the wedge
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Fits like a dream
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I created the wedge with a hatchet I had just sharpened for another BB
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I pounded the wedge in and broke it off
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Finished product
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I tested it to make sure it would work. It was just fine after several heavy swings.
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I certify this BB is complete.

 
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For this axe head, I chopped down a Saskatoon standing dead pole/branch. I used a knife then a draw knife to peel, shape and smooth the handle. Then I split the end and made some wedges, put the head on and was a snug fit, then knocked a wedge in and finished it. Now Paul has a new axe with character for his tool rack!
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Staff note (Mike Barkley):

I certify this BB is complete.

 
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One of my favorite hatchets.
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Busted handle
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Handle in progress
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Handle smoothed out
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Handle attached
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Done
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Handle Pommel
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I certify this BB is complete.

 
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