This head failed. It was made form a sycamore which was felled on an adjoining property and saved from the chipper. I used it green and found it to be quite unsatisfactory. There was no spring in the wood and as can be seen having removed the binding it developed a split. I would not rule sycamore out though. Maple is one of the species identified amongst original handles and I have now hafted one I had drying in a warm breezy environment for 2 weeks and it is performing well.
This shows how the end of the wood stops short of the cut away in the palstave, if it touches the head seems to bounce loose.
This is one adze I have with a very narrow profile, it is good for finishing but prone to “edge roll”when hitting hard knots.
a few well aimed taps with a hammer puts it all back in line though.
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