The tools cut remarkably well, lighter faster cuts than with a large steel axe but fast acurate work is certainly possible.
and nice surface textures come naturally off the tool.
Here is Trevor notching and chopping a large timber to reduce it to the required profile.
All finished toolmarks are bronze but during roughing out we are using some steel tools, This is a gransfors forest axe in use knocking the blocks off after notching.
and I do the same job Japanese style with my Japanese carpenters axe.
after rough shaping timbers are dressed down to the final profile and surface with the bronze tools.
There is something very pleasing about when you get the first proper carpet of shavings on the floor and can walk about without mud or grit underfoot and tools stay sharp without touching soil or grit. Looks good and feels good underfoot too.
and the finished paddle. Lots more to come on this project but can’t go into more detail until after the press day on 6th March.
I have learned a lot already about the tools and still feel they are improving, I am very happy with how I have the edges set up now. Despite the metal being quite soft (by steel standards) it is possible to create and edge that is sharp enough to shave with and holds an edge for at least a full days woodworking. There is more to learn about how to use them well, and the best angles of handles to haft them with but so far I am very very pleasantly surprised.