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A copper ax made the hard way

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Found this quite interesting.

 

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Interesting. Also that they are getting brass straight from ore. I don't know of any occurrences of copper and zinc ore that you can smelt directly into brass, but that's based European ores. Also interesting to see they use sandcasting, and a wooden stick as a core to make the socket. I'd like to try that someday early copper age shafthole axes. Also interesting to see some tools are exactly the same as I used in my prehistoric bronze casting, like the wooden tongs, while others are quite different. 

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I do like using the stick as a core.  That would certainly save a lot of work.  The ore looked like native copper nuggets with a lot of gunge on it.  

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I'm not sure.  I frequent youtube and watch quite a lot on there.  I came across that one last night just seemed interesting way of making an ax head.

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