Ax Skills for the Homestead & Wilderness Survival
The fastest way to become an expert with an ax.
Save. Be Safe. Lead.
We want you to be the expert! This DVD shows you how to master the most important ax skills.
To get instruction this detailed you would have to travel across the country and take an expensive course. This is a course you can watch whenever you want.
Using an ax is like holding a live snake. It can bite you anytime. This video will teach you to be safe.
The ax is a tool that requires more time to master, maybe a few years. This video dramatically reduces that time. Learn techniques to make your work quicker and easier.
Be self-sufficient and fix your own ax, and almost all of your hand tools. Pass them down to your grandchildren!
Do you teach wilderness skills? Are you a Homesteader, Scout leader, Survivalist, or Wilderness Guide? We want you to take these skills and lead.
“In a short time I was introduced to the basics of choosing an axe, setting an edge all the way to polishing a fine finish on the blade. I also learned about maintenance, blade care, and the importance of blade safety. I learned about other fine points like how to choose the right handle, how to remove the remnants of an old handle from the axe, and how to match and properly fit a new handle. I also learned about care for my new handle and other tricks”
– Daniel Starr
This DVD has 8 chapters and over 2 hours of detailed content. Here is a breakdown of the chapters:
- Introduction to Axe Types: Gain insight to the development of the “Poll Ax” or “American Felling Ax” and choose what ax is best for your needs.
- Ax Basics: Keep yourself and others safe and help your ax last a long time.
- Safe Swing and Splitting Wood: Swing an ax the right way: the way that's safe for you and others. Learn to “read” the wood you're splitting and take apart tough pieces with ease.
- Basic Sharpening: Put a razor edge on a brand new or used ax and have it work for you instead of the other way around. Learn about the tools needed to sharpen an ax and how to take care of them.
- Advanced Sharpening: Make an edge that will last. Prevent chips and nicks by putting the right “angle” on your blade. This is easily done with some simple tools.
- Backcountry Ax: Chopping, splitting, and making kindling are different with a smaller ax. Your backcountry ax has to perform more functions to justify carrying it. Learn about two portable axes: the double bitted “Cruiser Ax” and the iconic Hudson Bay Ax.
- Hanging a ¾ Ax: “Hanging an Ax” simply means replacing an ax handle. We hang a smaller ax to introduce this easy-to-learn skill. This is a skill that you can use on almost any hand tool.
- Hanging a Pulaski: A Pulaski, an ax with a grub hoe, or “Firefighter's Ax” can chop and dig and is the perfect farm tool. Follow along as we hang a used Pulaski and transform it from a hunk of junk to a beautiful, working tool.
Humankind's oldest and most iconic tool, the ax, is essential in so many settings - ranching, farming, canoeing, camping, survival, the list goes on - yet knowledge of safe ax use and care has worn thin over the years.
Now with more and more people going back to the land as urban homesteaders, hobby farmers, and wilderness survival practitioners, there is a true need for education and services concerning this invaluable tool.
A Personal Message from Alex
My mission as a wilderness instructor is simple: I want you to be the expert. In the woods we need to rely on ourselves, on our own skills, and be our own experts. I'd like you to order this video, master these skills, and share what you learn with others.
See our Instructor page to learn more about Alex and to read more testimonials.
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