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    Back to the stone age (axes)

    I'm studying now in my final year at South Carelia Polytechnic in the unit of art and design. And I make a lot of different objects and jewelry pieces in stone, silver, bone and other materials.

    Small axe and three axeheads

    There is for example a few "indian style" stone axes what I have made mainly in finnish black granite called "diabas". (Whole small axe is the oldest, and fur part is from squirrel what my cat eat years ago )

    Neolithic Stoneaxe Lenght is 18 cm and hole diameter is 30 mm.

    Primitive axe what I made from green stone called tuffite. There you find more information of that ancient culture where I got the inspiration. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle-axe_people - http://www.csc.fi/arctinet/kivikaus/m2/2_6_3.htm - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ukonvasara

    More pictures of my stone works. http://aukea.net/mp/db/Teos/yksi/?K=2547258&NRO=-1

    Is there more guys who have made any kind of stone weapons?
    Last edited by Mikko Anttonen; 03-11-2006 at 03:10 PM.

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    Holy smokes, those are GORGEOUS!! Wow, I'm blown away. There are certainly people doing flint knapping (flaking, chipping), but I haven't run across anyone doing these types of weapons. There must be someone else around, though--Jeroen might know.

    Fabulous work, thanks for sharing!

    Matthew

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    Mikko, those shapes are wonderful. wow damn fancy.

    For a Christmas gift I made a round ball club for my mother-in-law.
    She is the elk berry Queen.

    No polishing, I just cut a groove around a round granite riverstone with a diamond wheel and hafted it to a nice oak sapling.

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    Thanks, nice to hear that you like my works. They are made in modern tools like a diamond wheel and carving machine
    I graduate soon and I don't have that kind of machinery in my home. That reason I make later maybe only soapstone objects in simple tools like a hammer and chisel.

    There are many magnificent examples of ceremonial animal head maces and ball maces made of soapstone in ancient finland.

    http://koti.mbnet.fi/zuge/temp/stonemaces.jpg
    http://www.nba.fi/NATMUS/MUSEUM/Opet...00-2000%20eKr.
    http://www.kolumbus.fi/mabohu/esine/pallo.html

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    Wow you are a creative man Mikko!
    I love the Neolithic stone axe, you should consider selling these commercially.

    You should check out D.C. Waldorf's work, he is one of the best flint knappers around. This is his website:
    http://moundbuilderbooks.com

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    That's some great stuff Mikko!

    How long do you work on one piece?
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    Originally posted by Mikko Anttonen
    Thanks, nice to hear that you like my works. They are made in modern tools like a diamond wheel and carving machine
    I graduate soon and I don't have that kind of machinery in my home. That reason I make later maybe only soapstone objects in simple tools like a hammer and chisel.

    There are many magnificent examples of ceremonial animal head maces and ball maces made of soapstone in ancient finland.

    http://koti.mbnet.fi/zuge/temp/stonemaces.jpg
    http://www.nba.fi/NATMUS/MUSEUM/Opet...00-2000%20eKr.
    http://www.kolumbus.fi/mabohu/esine/pallo.html
    Sweet. I'm sure you will be miising those. I was using this
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    Fantastic! That neolithic battle-axe is definately my favourite! I'm a big stone battle-axe fan, but so far haven't started making them myself yet. The biggest problem for me is finding the correct stone. Plenty of stone available, but I don't have the knowledge to recognize what is what. It's great to see someone finally started making reproductions of them!

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    Almost any kind of granite is good material for stone maces. Finnish archaeological finds are made mainly in black/gray or olive colored granite.

    Paul, Making of that boat shaped axe take almost one week. (Simpler axe models take maybe 2-3 days each.) Rough shaping is a quite fast phase, and the hardest work is probably smoothing of that final surface, like these examples.

    http://koti.mbnet.fi/wfan/kuvat/kiviesineprojekti09.jpg
    http://koti.mbnet.fi/wfan/kuvat/kiviesineprojekti10.jpg
    http://koti.mbnet.fi/wfan/kuvat/v-kivirasia01.jpg

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    Nice!

    As someone already pointed out, you should really try to sell some of those. Personally, I'd like to see a price .

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    Wow - beautiful pieces!!!!

    Is there more guys who have made any kind of stone weapons?
    I made some stone age (paleolithic) tools. With them, i made my reconstructions of spearthrowers and else.

    Maybe ill made in near future an neolithic "Schuhleistenkeil":



    (Source: http://www.feuer-steinzeit.de )

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    Very nice!
    I have considered making 'celts' with local limestone. I guess serious power tools are necessary these days. I make catlinite (pipestone) 'peace' pipes using a belt sander and files. It is wonderfully messy with pink dust everywhere. I have flaked a few small points and some larger hand axes. Your stuff looks like relics my dad picked up in the corn fields of southern Illinois and Indiana as a kid. He still has them packed away in his gararge somewhere.
    Beautiful work, Bro!

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    Thanks a lot for your nice comments.

    Steve, That "pickaxe" is just gorgeous. I like that primitive cord mounting etc.

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    That pickaxe is kinda cool. I saw a few days ago a documentary about this british fellow who visits natives of different places. They were in the west indies this time and the natives used an axe just like that to fell a tree. The exploring dork managed to break the handle of the axe as he tried to use it. However it took only about 20 minutes for them to replace it with a spare handle.

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    Yea, the Papua tribes in New-Guinea use the "pickaxe" also, and on Indonesia too.

    Yesterday i was in the bavarian woods, found a big number of L-Sticks (i dont know the english word for "Knieschaft" - "knee-shaft") - know ive to find stones!

    Ill keep you updated...

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    I graduate my school few weeks ago, (Bachelor of Culture and Arts, polytechnic degree) so I decide to make some new stone weapons and chisels in ours schools workshop before I have to move back in my home district in another town. (I don't have any stone working tools in my home workshop)
    This is the result what I have be able to make in those two weeks. (5 maceheads, 4 chisels, 1 other object and one unfinished axehead) I move back in my home last Wednesday, so those things are maybe the last of my stone works in very long time.

    Granite chisels and one maceheand etc. - (That strange helical thing is mortars "centerpiece". I don't know exact term.)

    Two primitive soapstone ball maceheads (Diameter 10 cm) & two indian style maceheads from natural boulders

    All my chisel type objects in same picture - (Big chisels lenght is 18,5 cm.)
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    You should mark them in some insconpicious place so that nobody is going to think them as original stone age axes.

    They do look nice, have you tried any of the axes on wood?

    TLM

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    Excellent work Mikko! Too bad you can't make more...
    Hwere r fuse feorran cwoman
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    congratulations!
    sorry you had to leave the tool shed.

    these are pretty cool as well
    http://koti.mbnet.fi/wfan/kuvat/v-aseet16.jpg

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    Great work again! I'll second that it's unfortunate you have to leave the workshop behind. But at least you took good advantage of it!

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    Thanks for your kind words guys. I will miss a lot those diamondwheels and other stuff, but I have a quite nice charcoal forge and other metal working tools back home, so I can make at least some other type of weapons. http://koti.mbnet.fi/zuge/temp/paja01.jpg This summer I try to make at least one or two rondel daggers, one new flanged mace (River Thames type), one or two simple poleaxes and some new viking spearheads like that picture what Kevin just linked.

    Tapio, I don't dare to test that, because I don't know correct "hitting style" for stone blades and I don't want to break them. My two big ballmaces are a little bit stronger objects for testing purpose, so I maybe use them hitting something when I made good wooden handles etc.
    Ehh.. Ancient people use that type of maces killing seals, but those animals are in "protected species list" at the present time, so I don't know what to hit.

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