Too Stoned to Make an Axe: Hittin’ it too Hard
One of my goals for this week invovles making and hafting a stone axe. I have selected 3 potential rocks, I don’t know what kind. Today I broke the first one. Check out the photos & story.
I chose this rock for its shape. It looks like an axe (at least to me). I can guess I need this shape for the best axe anyway. To make an axe out of a rock seems simple: Peck a groove for a handle, abraid the end into a sharp point. I began pecking on the rock with another rock. The rock I used to peck the axe fell apart, as you can see in this photo:
The grain on the axe felt harder than the pecker… Did I just say that? Anyway, I pecked for hours to no avail. The axe would not get groovy. So I went in my tipi and search through a pile of rocks and found this one:
It worked like a charm. With a harder rock I found I could chip the groove in a matter of time. It still felt time-consuming, but I could at least see the progress:
I ground the edge of the axe against a stone near my tipi and found that it sharpened rather quickly.
Then today as I worked on it in Willems yard, tragedy struck:
All those hours! Willem thinks that maybe it broke because I hit it directly and that a curved strike may work better. We shall see…
UP NEXT: ROCK #2
*I wrote this blog in E-prime.*
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