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Woodworking with Copper Tools

Post by grendel on Wed May 29, 2013 3:42 am

Many many years ago I made some copper tools and decided to try some experimental archaeology with them.

Here's the experiment, copper is blunt but flint is sharp, I used and Adze, an Axe and a Chisel to work a piece of wood and timed myself to see how efficient they were, I was quite impressed with how well copper works wood, better than flint.

This is a page from an old website of mine now long gone.


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Re: Woodworking with Copper Tools

Post by the barnacle on Wed May 29, 2013 7:11 am

very smart - I found a Bronze age Spear and a BA Hammer while metal detecting and part of a Knife, the spear is so sharp even tody you could cut yourself - I think the problem with reconstruction is the mix of alloys that are used to maintain the shape of the item.

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Re: Woodworking with Copper Tools

Post by Lumpendoodle on Wed May 29, 2013 7:37 am

Makes you realise how revolutionary these items must have been at the time.

I have never found any BA stuff yet, but have held a lovely little BA axehead someone else found.

Serious buzz......

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Re: Woodworking with Copper Tools

Post by grendel on Wed May 29, 2013 4:15 pm

the barnacle wrote:very smart - I found a Bronze age Spear and a BA Hammer while metal detecting and part of a Knife, the spear is so sharp even tody you could cut yourself - I think the problem with reconstruction is the mix of alloys that are used to maintain the shape of the item.

Wow! Do you still have them? You really must do a post with pics on these finds

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Re: Woodworking with Copper Tools

Post by the barnacle on Wed May 29, 2013 5:37 pm

Grendel wrote:
the barnacle wrote:very smart - I found a Bronze age Spear and a BA Hammer while metal detecting and part of a Knife, the spear is so sharp even tody you could cut yourself - I think the problem with reconstruction is the mix of alloys that are used to maintain the shape of the item.

Wow! Do you still have them? You really must do a post with pics on these finds

yep I still have every item I have found apart from the rings I have found on the beach. I will see if I can get some pictures taken,

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