Here's the difference... below is a stone headed Tomahawk... see how the stone is roughly axe shaped???
here is the head of a Stone war club... Note the grove in the stone...whichever one you chose to make your stone head is going to need a similar grove
to fasten head to handle...
Unless you want to buy a ready made stone head then your first stop is the closest rocky creek bed. Don't go crazy here... for a tomahawk you want one
about as long as a coke can... for a War Club you want one the just fills the palm of your hand... Also if you'd rather use metal then a trip to the
closest junk yard is where you want to go.
Do Not Use SandStone for the Head!!!
river rock... you want good ole river rock
Once you get your prize home now it's time for a little elbow grease...Shape the stone or metal to a rough blade or ball shape, using whatever you
have, rasps, chisels,half-rounds,hacksaw. Remember to cut a grove... then file smooth... don't expect perfect here and remember this is not flint
your just trying to rough out the general shape you want
A good solid piece of seasoned wood for the handle is next... I recommend wood from a fruit or nut baring tree... never use pine for this...since this
is not a real SHTF episode feel free to run to the local hardware store for a nice piece of Hickory... Please, please, please do not use green wood
for this... greenwood will shrink as it drys...
Once you get your handle then your going to split one end to serve as a cradle for the blade... Use a vise to hold the wood... dont want any nasty
cuts due to slips of the saw or knife...
Attaching the head comes next and since this is not the 1700"s I'm going to give a coulpe of morden tricks to make this the old way...
To attach the head tie it off with a piece of fishing line to hold in place for now... Now if you happened to have easy access to rawhide great move
on to the next step... if not... we need to make one more trip... this time to the local pet store... there buy a few large rawhide dog chew toys...
once you get them home soak in a bucket of water overnight... you'll have to get in there with your hands to untie knots and pull those chew toys
apart... but when you done there's your rawhide and if you cut that into strips....your ready to go
Okay so we got our wet rawhide... and this next part is going to take a little muscle...I like clamp one end of the rawhide in my big bench vice and
pull back on stone and handle as I make my wraps... those wraps need to be as tight as possible so really put your muscle into it...if you don't have
a bench vise tie the end off to a pole or trailer hitch... I'm sure you can find something if you use your noddle...
you want to make at least a half dozen wraps for that initial connection... Later you can add more over wraps as kind of a design if you like...
sometimes I'll use silver wire and trade beads just to give it the NDN look.. either way finish off by cinching threw your very first loop and pull
tight tight tight...
don't go tiring it out yet because now you need to let the leather dry out... rawhide shrinks as it dries so your knots will just get tighter and
tighter... but if you don't wait for it to dry... don't be surprised to see your Tomahawk go flying across the room... Let it dry... at least three
days...as it drys keep checking... if it's not setting right just re-soak the rawhide to loosen and do it right... once it's dry... your done.... done
enough that now you can decorate it any way you like...
On a personal note... the first few of these I made didn't turn out so well... my little brother has a scar and story to go with my first failure...
expect those first few tries not to be perfect... but the more you make the more you get a feel for your materials and build a working conference...
like they say practice makes perfect so practice practice practice
Tech note... if you cant get rawhide... welders gloves will work too... don't go cutting up a good pair of welders gloves if you don't have too...
edit on 6-8-2011 by DaddyBare because: fixing my horrible spelling
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