Friday, July 16, 2021

2021 CLA Live Auction: Tomahawk by Don Shaver - Engraving by Frank House


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

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