Thanks for the input, you guys have been very helpful. If you're serious about letting my try some gear, I'd love to. Are you going to the TTRAG conference? I'm waiting to hear about a job for that weekend but if it falls through I'd like to go. It's kind of a catch-22. I need the money from the job to fund the barn project but I need the knowledge from the conference to work on the barn project.
I'll have to post some pictures of some of my axes. They aren't anything you guys would find useful, but they are pretty cool pieces of craftsmanship.