Primitive Technology: Stone Axe (celt)


from Primitive Technology:

The manufacture of a stone ax including the handle from using only primitive tools and materials. It is a celt (pronounced “selt”) a type of ax with a polished stone head wedged into a hole or mortise at the end of a wooden handle (not to be confused with a “Kelt” referring to a Celtic person). The head took about a week and a day to make as I chose to make it from a particularly large piece of basalt.


  1. Making stone tools will be very useful if some magical wizard casts a spell that makes all steel tools disappear from the earth, or if I get transported back in time, or to another planet where only stone tools exist.
    Taking several days to make a stone axe, when just about every tool shed, basement, barn and garage contains hand saws, electric saws, chainsaws, is just ignorant.

    You can even take the chain off of a chainsaw, tie a ROPE to both ends, and use it to cut wood, trees, etc by pulling back and forth on the 2 ropes, to make the cutting chain slide back and forth over the tree trunk or branch.

    You can call it a Pocket Chainsaw, and it won’t make a bunch of THUMPING noises, or wear you out, or bounce back and split your head open.

  2. Grandpa taught us to wittle wood and I do it even today for fun…making stick weapons.
    Not saying that we’ll run outta bullets and go back to fighting with primitive weapons, but if it happens this way, the preparation is the biggest secret in the equation. The preparation is where all the good stuff resides.

  3. Totally agree with CED on this one. Many of these prepper videos are becoming annoying and idiotic.

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