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In each bi-monthly episode of DiResta (every other Wednesday at 2pm PT), artist and master builder Jimmy DiResta (Dirty Money, Hammered, Against the Grain, Trash for Cash) lets us into his workshop, to look over his shoulder while he builds whatever strikes his fancy. On this episode of DiResta, Jimmy has his way with an old hatchet and transforms it into a sweet little showpiece. – Gareth Branwyn



  • Old Estwing hatchet
  • Piece of Padauk wood
  • Leather
  • Epoxy Resin
  • Briwax


  • Grinder
  • Tablesaw
  • Bandsaw
  • Router
  • Files
  • Clamps
  • Multitool
  • Sandpaper
  • Drill press

Jimmy’s Notes:

There are certain tools that I’ll buy every time I see them at the flea market and garage sales. Any tool made by Estwing, for instance. Oftentimes, the leather grips are decayed and falling off due to water damage. It is a prefect opportunity to personalize a hammer or axe: the steel tool itself will last forever. I had an old piece of Padauk for few years, just waiting for a worthy project. I use the curve of the grain to follow the curve of the steel hatchet handle. I braided the leather to give it some body.

Jimmy DiResta

I make stuff.

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