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Woods for 'hawk hafts

Discussion in 'Axe, Tomahawk, & Hatchet Forum' started by Cpl Punishment, Mar 27, 2010.

  1. Cpl Punishment

    Cpl Punishment

    Jan 28, 2006
    What are acceptable woods for use in 'hawk hafts?

    I know Hickory, but I've seen Maple and Osage used.

    Is Ironwood or Blackthorn usable or too brittle?
  2. Pipeman


    Dec 2, 2004

    A good friend of mine makes bows from ironwood when he can get very straight grain. He also uses Osage.
    Ash works well, I've been throwing a hawk I made with a very thin Ash haft, it's hanging in very well.

  3. savageknives


    May 11, 2009
    i believe the scottish cudgels were blackthorn, although i may be wrong. it was an impact weapon so i would imagine it would make a decent hawk haft. ive never handled any though.
  4. John M Cohea

    John M Cohea

    Oct 24, 2007
    For strenghth, ash, osage, hickory. For both strength AND beauty, curly maple and curly walnut.
  5. PayetteRucker


    Aug 4, 2009
    I've had maple shatter on me before... it was in cold weather, about 30 degrees, but it was still disappointing. I would like to see Paduak compared with walnut. Beech is often used for military rifle stocks, as a cheaper alternative to walnut. It may also be a good material for a haft.
  6. Cpl Punishment

    Cpl Punishment

    Jan 28, 2006
    The Irish shilelagh was blackthorn.
  7. jnanson


    Feb 2, 2007
    If you can find Black thorn let us know where. I know you can't import live black thorn into the us. I've been looking for a nice long BT stick for hiking but I want a knob on the end also.
  8. savageknives


    May 11, 2009
    i got an osage billet to make a bow that probably isnt going to work. i plan on using it for hawk and hammer handles now. ill let you know how they go.

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