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Re: making a ground stone axe.

Post by mr.hertzian cone on Wed Jun 29, 2016 8:54 pm

That beats my "non-functional but pretty" axe. That is a beast, well done, that and you must be veeeery patient! After that I bet you're arms ached...
 I've a 1.5" holly truck (bark on and ends sealed) seasoning with a mind to making a primitive long bow from it, a good, strong native wood, but I've noticed a little drying check coming from a small knot in that too but in a place where I'll be removing wood. How did you work the holly? It's notoriously hard to season Mad

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Post by megalithic on Thu Jun 30, 2016 3:10 pm

If i remember rightly i sealed the ends with candle wax then just left it in the hut. I worked it down by placing it on embers then scraping the burnt areas off with a large flint flake. i also used the axe itself for parts of it.
it was pretty tiring but the end product was worth it. Though saying that i wont be rushing to do another anytime soon. Very Happy

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Post by the barnacle on Thu Jun 30, 2016 6:25 pm

that looks great and a nice stone - can i ask what stone it is and is there more Smile

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Post by megalithic on Sat Jul 02, 2016 1:50 pm

I've no idea what stone it is tbh, I acquired it from a customer who's garden I was landscaping. It's very hard though. If I ever do another I'd use soapstone. Very Happy

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Post by the barnacle on Sun Jul 03, 2016 4:15 pm

I am still looking for a nice lump of greenstone if anyone happens to have a lump please do think of me Smile also Mr Hertz - I was wondering if you have a large Black flint axe you might be interested in selling to go with the barbed arrows i had from you a while ago.

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Post by mr.hertzian cone on Sat Jul 09, 2016 5:11 pm

Sorry I haven't been on in a while, just got your message. I've got some green serpentine which is quite soft and easy to work (see previous posts in this topic). I might still have a black Neolithic axe knocking around, if not I can knock one up for you. Cheers!

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