The grain often runs out significantly which weakens the handle , and the grain orientation can vary from parallel most desired to perpendicular least desired.
The slot may have a remnant of wood in it from a broken handle.
It's handy to know that the broad axe's chisel edge and recurved handle differentiate it from any other axe, and as with any vintage item, condition is paramount to selecting well.
That acquisition resulted in the takeover of all the plants owned by the A.
I did 4 coats from end to end with this finish to help seal the wood.
The Michigan pattern was popular in the upper midwest where most of the trees were big white and red pines.