Hey all I have been lurking for awhile learning lots of great things about knife making. A little while ago I made a "Viking" hand axe out of an old garage sale axe head I had lying around. I set about it in a "stock removal" manner with a angle grinder, a belt sander in a vice and files (I was pretty careful to not let it get too hot to loose temper). I left some of the pitting and patina on the sides of the head to add some character. The handle is a full sized hardware store hickory axe handle that I cut and sized to hang it on. The handle was finished by giving it a light torch and then multiple coats of walnut colored danish oil (after sanding off the factory varnish). I think it turned out pretty nicely. https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B5710pbtUdX4bUljc0hNMEcycTA https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B5710pbtUdX4S2JPQkstRTA3Z28 https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B5710pbtUdX4cXU0eEVhMHlHblk https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B5710pbtUdX4WV83MXAtVDRZeUE https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B5710pbtUdX4TWFuV0VxN3VCbDA https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B5710pbtUdX4VGtjdlY2eThlYms https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B5710pbtUdX4dmxTLW01Z0ZRNU0 I did however make a couple mistakes. When I was driving the wooden wedge in the top I thought I got it in far enough, couldn't seem to drive it in any farther but maybe I didn't get it far enough or should have cut the kerf a little deeper. Then I cut the top off pretty flush with the top of the axe head which was not my intention. As a result the head is a little loose, especially after I used it for chopping full sized logs. I plan to get it fixed up by using some chair loc, because I really want to be able to actually use this.