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Busy day on the doorstep


Jeroen Zuiderwijk

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Today I did the final touches on the last of the shafthole axes I cast end last year:

 

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So with the other two having gone to new homes too, and there being a lovely sunny day outside, I was in the mood for some more casting.

 

First thing was cleaning out the furnace, which had been sitting outside in the rain and cold since november last year:

 

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Inside I found the most wonderful bright blue colored glazing I've ever seen in a furnace!

 

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Close-up:

 

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After a bit of patching up, the furnace was ready to go:

 

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Literally casting on my own doorstep :)

 

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Then I started getting all the materials and tools together. Which model to pick:

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Getting out the metal:

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And of we go!

 

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First thing was trying to cast one of the earliest copper shafthole axes of the Plocnik type, found at Varna, Bulgaria, dating to around 4500-4000BC. The copper did not want to melt, but finally it was all liquid. I waited too long pouring (cleaning out the crucible), turning the copper all gloopy. The result was an axe that looked more like a stalactite:

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Close-up:

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As it's pure copper, I didn't gave up on it straight away. It's complete. And after some vigorous hammering it started to come together:

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Next one! It had turned dark by now, giving a spectacular fire display from my sun furnace :)

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And here is the result, my second Naxos style hammeraxe, just seconds old:

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And a perfect casting this time :D

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Awesome work! I've been wanting to try that for awhile, but just never get around to it.

 

Love that viking-era post anvil you've got next to the door. I knew they used stone anvils, but I've never seen one that fancy!! ;)

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