|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.
||Material: clay & sand
To make the mould, I first made a model from clay and sand.
|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.
||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.|
||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.|