I have used bronze tools a little in the past but only felled an odd tree which doesn't give you much idea of how well they work. The folk who used these tools no doubt used them for many thousands of hours and really knew how to get the best out of them. It's not possible to form much of a judgment as to how well they work without at least putting in a few hundred hours.
There are lots of potential variables to play with from edge angles and sharpening profiles to hafting techniques and angles and finally variables in the way they are used. I started out with some bronze pallstaves straight from the foundry, they come looking like this. Pallstaves can be mounted as adzes or axes and are the standard form through most of the second millennium BC before socketed axes came in. This was cast from an original and as you can see it is pretty blunt.
Here are some original pallstaves in a museum to show the variation.
Next I set about hafting them, First I researched on the web to find images of as many early axes as I could, I knew Oetzi's axe well but found just a few more. Here they are
I choose to haft mine with rawhide, I bought a dog chew, soaked it in hot water until it unraveled, cut it into a continuous strip and used it to do a nice neat lashing. And here they are two adzes and two axes all ready to go. I think they are rather beautiful.
woodworking-marathon-continued-just 18 hours to go.