Saturday, February 9, 2019

Chopping Tools

At some point you need something to CHOP with, to fell shelter poles, butcher a mammoth, reduce excess material in the process of making a bow or hollowing a canoe.  Hand held tools include the expedient chunk of rock with a angular edge, to removing a few flakes from a quartzite cobble to make a chopper, to the intricate knapping of a multi-purpose hand axe.  Chopping can also be facilitated by using antler or stone wedges with a baton.  Putting a handle on a sharp edge gives you greater mechanical efficiency.  Pictured are various flaked, pecked and ground stone, and antler adze and axes.  (Middle picture, antler axe - Tarjus Gaaren)

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