May 27, 2011
A Good Axe is also Permaculture?
A quality durable axe, quaranteed for 20 years will mean "we take less, that we need to produce less, destroy less". That's permaculture! That's the antithesis to modern unsustainable consumer driven economy (think branded running shoes that lasts only a few months).
We received these axes which are quaranteed for 20 years, recently
These are from Gransfors Bruks, Sweden. The quote above is from their Axe Book. Permaculture in Manufacturing - PermaFacture perhaps!
We got a splitting maul, a splitting wedge, and a felling axe.
The axe-smith who made our axes is UN or Ulrik Nilsson. Here's his picture from the Axe Book:
We took the axes for a test recently. The Nepalese who are regular axe users say they are the best axes they have ever used in terms of balance, conservation of energy, etc.
Pak Cik Razaly had an interesting question: why can't we make such axes? Why indeed.
Dilli, our Nepalese supervisor, trying out the maul.
Pak Cik Razaly felling this 8 inch trunk without breaking a sweat. Have you tried a China-made axe?
Thanks to Lrong Lim in Takamatsu, Japan for writing about his Gransfors Bruks axe in his blog: http://lronglim.blogspot.com/
P.S. The axes took 5 days to arrive in KLIA from Sweden (after waiting a couple of months for them to be forged). They took 9 days to travel from KLIA to our office in KL, a distance of 50 km.