|Found: Leimuiden, Zuid-Holland
Age: middle bronzeage
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||Material: clay & sand
To make the mould, I first made a model from clay and sand. Models have rarely been found, except for a few wooden sword models. Clay is much easier to shape then wood, and it doesn't require any tools. As non-baken clay doesn't stay preserved, if this method was used there won't be any archeological evidence. So I'm considering this a plausible method for how they may have made models.
|Material: Clay & sand
The mould is made using two equally sized plates of clay, and pressing the model in them. After drying the mould was fired.
||This axehead was cast in Ireland, at the Umha Aois symposium. As I didn't have much experience casting in different environments, I initially had a lot of problems getting succesful castings, because everything was just a little different. But in the end I got everything together, and produced this excellent axehead.|
|Here is the finished axehead. As the mould had spread a bit at the lower side, there was quite a bit of extra bronze at the cutting edge. Therefore I decided to finish this one using modern tools.|