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Mutant Q13 Mar 2008 3:06 p.m. PST

Some time ago, in a spasm of The Last Of The Mohicans inspired enthusiasm, I bought a pipe tomahawk. However, over the years, the head started coming loose from the handle and its finally come off. It was then I discovered while the head and handle are of excellent quality, the whole thing was held together with a bead of glue.

Of course, I have no intention of re-gluing the head back on. I was wondering what other methods I should use to putting this hawk back together?

Coelacanth Supporting Member of TMP13 Mar 2008 7:18 p.m. PST

Maybe you could wind the end of the haft with thread? Wax might work, too (but might melt out if you ever use the pipe for its intended purpose).

CLDecker Supporting Member of TMP13 Mar 2008 8:12 p.m. PST

Put the handle back in place, tighten with a few taps then stick it head down in some antifreeze for a week or two. The antifreeze swells the wood to make it tighter, and takes time to come loose again.

red dreads Inactive Member13 Mar 2008 8:26 p.m. PST

Mark, what kind of wood is the tomahawk handle made of?
Water will do the same job as anti freeze and its non toxic,if you decide to use it as a pipe.
A small metal axe pear would hold the head once the head was fitted to the shaft. Make sure the pear is inserted horizontally accross the eye rather than vertically . A vertically inserted pear is more likely to split your handle.
Hope this helps >87)

bluewillow13 Mar 2008 8:35 p.m. PST

a small wedge of timber will do the job

Dave Crowell14 Mar 2008 5:12 a.m. PST

Melted spruce or pine pitch will do the job as well.

Fusilier Inactive Member14 Mar 2008 2:48 p.m. PST

A period solution is to use a thin leather "washer" between the head and handle.

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