I stopped at a YUGE yard sale yesterday morning to look around. I managed to poke around the mountains of clothes, and dishes to find the tool section tucked back under a tree. The people had a bunch of newer junk yard tools, but mingled in with that mess of handles were a few vintage gems! The square point shovel is an old split socket with a solid handle in perfect condition. It's exceeding rare to even find one with a handle now, let alone one in this shape! $5. The round point shovel is a True Temper Bantam light weight, with a solid shank, and dates to at least to the 50's. $5. Anyway.. Laying in the pile of tools was a small rusty axe with a rotten handle. An axe that size (2 1/4 - 2 1/2 lb.) is commonly called a boy's axe. I picked it up and through the layer of rust and pitting I could make out a faint makers stamp, "Plumb" it was, and an older one at that. The axe was a pre permabond model, and also dates to the 50's or even earlier. I gave $3 for it. Early this morning I began working on the little axe head. Rotten handle, and severely pitted surface, but the makers stamp, and quality steel was there. I started by removing the pitting and mushroomed poll with a coarse grinding wheel. Then I removed the grinding marks with flap discs, using finer grit discs with each successive pass, and also using a wet rag as a heat sink to keep from harming the tempering of the bit. A hickory stave I rove from a shagbark hickory just for axe handle stock a few years ago. It's going to be time consuming removing all of that seasoned hickory from around the axe handle hidden inside that stave! I traced an outline from a favorite handle onto the stave. Time to get to work! Starting to shape up. Gettin' close. Finished! I had to make it sharp after it was hung. Yes, that old steel gets REALLY sharp and stays sharp!