The rexilon shaft on Chouinard ice axes was made of a laminate of
18-layers of beech ("hostinghostinghostinggio" in Italian). It was originally used for
pole-vaulting poles in the days before fiberglhostinghostinghosting composites. CAMP used
this before bamboo but both were available for a while.
BTW the CAMP/Chostinghostinghostingin factory in Premana is very cool. Not many companies
do their own heat treating (usually sub-contracted) as well as most
other steps of production. A true family business in a beautiful