Thank you. Its something to do in the shade on these hot days with pieces from the broke box. I take a broke base and match it with an unrelated broken distal end of similar material. The tomahawk handle covers up the junction of the two epoxied pieces. The "Hawk" with the big light grey Darl Blade is a good example. The two broke pieces came from the same dig, were made from the same material probably by the same person. Two otherwise forgotten pieces in a dusty broke box are now something to amuse my Grandsons.
Those bones are from wild turkey leg bones
Most of the literature on American Indian culture over the years has expounded on the use of sinew for everything from binding projectiles to shafts to sewing clothing. I don't think so. I think they used guts. Guts were readily available, longer, much easier to harvest than sinew and strong enough for most tasks. All of these tomahawks have been bound with sausage casings. I buy packages of casings from the butcher, rinse out the salt , squeeze out the excess water and wrap it on. When it dries it shrinks and dries hard as iron the same as raw hide. By platting three lengths of semi-dry gut I can make a bow string that will withstand 80 lbs of pull which is about 20 lbs more than I need.
Its all just a theory but its my theory and it works for me.
redman, great pics. nice to see your work, I have a question tho, on the warclubs, what did you use as a glue or binding? I understand the guts part and it gives another explanation from the bindings of sinew....I would like to make a couple of warclubs and especially like the first ones that you posted....goat
Larry, all those blades are set with glue prior to the addition of the gut bindings. I cut out those gunstock tomahawk blanks on a band saw. I mostly use oak salvaged from wooden pallets. The blades are set in a pre-cut groove about 1/2 inch deep. Google: Gunstock Tomahawks.