So-- I am trying to track down a Camp-USA Woodpecker ice axe, which was made with a curved handle in imitation of the form of one of nature's best hammers- the woodpecker.
Thanks, and have a great day!
Education Programs Assistant
The Biomimicry Institute
I remember the Camp Woodpecker c. 2000
It had a double bend in the shaft but the second bend went the wrong way (shaft was kind of S shaped), so the shaft had negative clearance rather than positive clearance and hence was always hitting ice bulges. I played with one one day at an ice demo and felt it was the worst axe of any at the demo that day.
It sounds like you might have been misled by someone (marketing hype) claiming that the Camp Woodpecker was inspired by the actual woodpecker bird. I don't think they had anything in common but the name. You might as well say that the Mercury Cougar was inspired by the real cougar, the degree of biomimicry is about the same.
This is not intended in any way to disparage the science of biomimicry itself. I'm still waiting for the lotus petal effect to be applied to the DWR on my jacket though.