This fine tomahawk was forged by Don Shaver from an old hammer head. This tough steel makes a good axe. The pipe bowl is worked from an old gun barrel, a traditional touch. The haft is ash wood that Don salvaged from the emerald ash borer. Like many originals, this axe does not have a smoke hole bored through the handle. With its French influenced shape, it is a good working axe. Frank House has engraved the decorative silver cap on the top of the haft with “CLA 25.”
This axe has a 5 1/2-inch head and a 19-inch overall length. The head has some nice decorative file work on the back and the belly. This is a fine-looking hand forged French influenced tomahawk in a handy size.
Don Shaver is a frequent donor to the CLF live auction contributing a wide range of items with a strong native American influence over the years. We appreciate his support.
Photography by David Wright
Text by Heinz Ahlers