Axe handles for collared Finnish axes
Birch is a traditional and typical wood for collared Finnish axes.
How to get a proper timber for axe handles - this is an important question. One way to make a wood's quality better was to de-bark one side of a living birch. An open part was becoming more durable and wood more dark and heavy. This method was taking 15-25 years.
The previous generations had taken care before their sons got a proper timber for axe handles.
Axe handles made of Hickory tree became available in Finland after the WWII. But people noticed that hickory wood was harder in the hands and was less flexible than birch and vibrated. Hickory axe handles also splited along the grain during the low winter temperatures.