Axe Hafting with Chris Killinger

Sat Jun 15, 2019, 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM (EDT)
The Artisans Guild, 181 W. Jackson Street, Millersburg, OH, USA  

In this introductory class with Chris Killinger of Killinger Woodsmen Gear and Tool, students will learn the basics of hafting an axe. At the end of the class, students will leave with a newly handled axe, freshly sharpened, and ready for use. Chris is a well-known axeman and brings a lot of knowledge to this class, so even experienced students should expect to acquire new knowledge.

Bring an axe in need of a new handle, or purchase one before class from Colonial Homestead Tools across the street.

Primary Skills Taught in this Class

  • Choosing the right handle
  • Fitting and alignment
  • Wedging
  • Sharpening fundamentals
  • Applying a finish

Class Prerequisites

This is an introductory class with no significant skill prerequisites.

Tool List

The following tools are required in order to fully participate in the class:

  • 1 axe head
  • 1 compatible handle
    Colonial Homestead Tools can assist with selecting a head and handle and is strongly encouraged. The tool store can also help you choose a compatible handle if you’re bringing your own axe head.
  • Mill or flat bastard file
  • Wood rasp
  • 4-in-1 wood file
  • Axe puck (sharpening puck)
  • Sharp knife (razor blade knife is fine)

The following tools are optional, but encouraged:

  • Leather strop
  • Wood scraper
  • Two Irwin quick clamps (or similar)
  • Coping saw
  • Rip saw (or hand saw from the home center)

For optional tools above, we’ll make a best effort to supply extras, but may not have enough for everyone. These tools are reasonably affordable, easily acquired, and therefore will serve you well if you are able to equip yourself.


Axes and handles are not included in the class price, so students should plan to bring or purchase both on the day of class. While it depends on available inventory at a given time, the axes at the tool store range in price from $20 - $80, and handles from $15 - $25, depending on size, style, etc.

Other Information

Chris Killinger

The Artisans Guild, 181 W. Jackson Street, Millersburg, OH, USA
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