Soil pipe handaxe number one

my-handaxe

This handaxe has been made from a large fragment of fine grained ceramic soil pipe found at Salford Quays, a post industrial area close to the centre of Manchester. The free availability of this material meant I could make a few mistakes and my knapping really improved. It is great for shaping, and the most difficult part is managing the curve of the material. It is effectively pre-thinned, so when I then went back onto a flint nodule I realised how difficult thinning actually is.

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This is the ‘ventral’ or inner surface. The light pink strip is actually the inner curve of the pipe.

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