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Bronze chisel

Original
 
Found: Voorhout, Netherlands
Age: middel bronze age

The original was found as together with 17 axes. These objects were probably made in Wales, UK, and reached this area through trade.

Mould
 
Material: clay and sand

The mould is made from clay and sand and well fired. As the original chisel has a very flat side, it probably was made in a mould with one flat side. Therefore I did the same with my mould.

Casting result
 
The casting was succesful. There's a few very minor pits, but these can be worked away during finishing.

Casting result 2
 
In a second mould I've cast another chisel. This one is slightly better, so I'll be keeping that one for further finishing. 

Finishing
 
The chisel has been finished and is ready to be hafted. The cutting edge has been hammered and sharpened. There was only little material to be removed, so it only kosted me a few hours.

Completed chisel with haft
 
As haft I've used red deer antler, which I found working very well on my previous chisel. The haft was first put in boiling water for some time. This made the core very soft. This way I could insert the chisel in to the haft with a few blows on the back. By drying the antler again, the chisel is now firmly attached to the haft. The chisel is now ready for use.