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Palstave type Osthannover

Original
 
Found: Hijken, Drenthe, Netherlands
Age: middle bronze age

This axe was found in a burial mound. This type of axe is common in Scandinavia. In the burial mound of Guldhoj an example was found still including a complete haft (see photo). That haft I've use as an example for most of my axehafts. The original axe on which I based this reproduction is found in the Netherlands.

Model
 
The model used to make the moulds is made from clay and sand.

Mould
 
The mould is made from clay and sand, and fired after it was dried. Here the mould can be seen before firing.

Casting result
 
Here the casting result can be seen.

Finished axehead
 
And here is the finished axehead. There appears to be ratter little tin in the bronze (roughly 5%), which makes the bronze rather red in color and softer. The cutting edge has been hardened, and the axehead finished.