Nov 18 2007

Stone Axe Modified Part One 2

Published by at 5:02 pm under Stone Working

The majority of the work involved in constructing this type of axe is clearly the stone work. Today I went out and found some really flexible birch saplings to use as a handle.

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The first sapling is bent around the groove, very tightly so it will not come loose. Bind the lower end with some willow bark to keep it together.

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Take another branch and wrap in the same fashion behind the first one, only from the opposite direction. Use the narrowest end of the sapling to wrap around the top of the shaft to keep things together. Wrap together the saplings to a shaft with willow bark.

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It chops beautifully, on small saplings almost as well as a metal hatchet in fact.

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Regards
Torjus

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3 Responses to “Stone Axe Modified Part One 2”

  1. Marcon 18 Nov 2007 at 7:53 pm

    absolutely fantastic bro
    well done!!!

  2. Decadoon 19 Nov 2007 at 4:01 pm

    Very nicely done! Never seen one built like that before.

    What is the life span of it? How long will they last before repair?

    Decado.

  3. adminon 19 Nov 2007 at 5:29 pm

    Thanks guys

    Decado. I expect the axe head to last for years, barring that I hit rock with it. The handle I expect to change every month or so of daily use.

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