Palstave type Osthannover
|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.
||The model used to make the moulds is made from clay and sand.|
||The mould is made from clay and sand, and fired after it was dried. Here the mould can be seen before firing.|
||Here the casting result can be seen.|
|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.|