I’ve broken my share of ax handles. A couple of real bad swings can reduce a wooden haft to splinters. At best this means a trip to the local hardware store for another handle. Worst case: You’re in the backcountry and are forced to lean sticks against a rock and jump on them to chop them. Here’s how to make your own axe handle. If you do it right, it’ll be tougher and fit you better than any store-bought handle.