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Sleenerzand palstave

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

This axe is found in a burial mound, together with bronze arrowheads, a spiral bracelet and two spirals of gold wire. The original owner must have been very rich for his time. It's my goal to reproduce this complete group of finds eventually. 

Model
 
Material: clay & sand

To make the mould, I first made a model from clay and sand.

Mould
 
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. Unfortunately I forgot to take a photo of this mould. 

Casting result
 
The axe came out really nice. There are no charcoal inclusions, so the axe is free of holes. The surface is a little rough, as there was still some gass escaping from the mould during casting. This can be removed for the most part though. The axe before finishing is 600gram, so that's another record. 

Finished axehead
 
Here is the finished axehead. The flash is removed, the axehead polished and the cutting edge hardened by hammering. For the finishing of this axehead modern tools were used.