> So guys who use hatchets for carving: These both (and Scott's) seem to
> flair but up and down from the poll (bell shaped?)., Is that a critical
> attribute in a carving axe? I was wondering about repurposing a lathing
> shingling hatchet when this thread came up.
Sharp is most important. The 'bell'/beard can be nice -- it lets you push a
cut with your grip behind the lower part of the blade.
I will guess that a shingling hatchet will prevent you from taking light
shaving cuts. I mostly use a garage-sale Plumb, which works just fine.