Following my last post where I was getting ready for an exciting bronze age woodworking project I have now been working for a couple of weeks with the bronze tools and am hugely surprised and impressed. First a couple of pics I missed last time showing how I lash the bronze head to the haft with rawhide. The rawhide is incredibly strong and shrinks as it dries to make an even tighter binding.
for added security I include a clove hitch into the binding, this would hold even is the hide frays and breaks rather than the whole thing unwinding.
Mostly I have been working green oak but the bronze tools work well on ash too. This paddle was carved in about an hour from a cleft board no slower than working with steel tools.
fine finishing work