Totally off topic, but that’s okay for this thread right?
Today I finally took the plunge and ordered new tools for one of my jobs; I am very excited, the coppicing season is starting again and we’ll be spending some weeks over the winter living wild out in the woods and restoring some very old overgrown hazel coppice. It’s very hard but wonderful work, it looks brutal, and in a sense it is because we are felling trees; but in the years after we chop everything down there is this incredible bloom of life - it’s a wonder to behold. It’s like all the life that has been laid there waiting, unable to grow because of lack of light or whatever can suddenly burst forth - it’s amazing! A wide variety of woodland flowers, butterflies, insects and of course the new hazel poles.
Anyway, here are my new tools, I haven’t named them yet, but they are hand made using traditional methods in a small forge - so I think they might need names.
The first is a billhook:
And a small axe: