Making an axe handle


Humans have been using handheld, rudimentary stone implements for some 2.5 million years, but it wasn’t until around 11,000 years ago that humans began to develop their tool production skills. Instead of simple, cone shaped chipped stones, tools became highly polished axe shaped implements, ideal for a hunter-gatherer life style. This was the beginning of the Stone Age, the period in human history that marks the advent of tool production. The name comes from the fact that most of the period’s cutting tools are made from stone.


A felling axe

a felling axe cuts across the grain of wood, as in the felling of trees. The bit of a felling axe needs to be very sharp, to be able to efficiently cut the fibres.

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