A nineteenth century Western tomahawk made to replicate a Phase III Plains style original pipe ax:
- Hand forged head with a heart shaped piercing and blade molding
- Long thin bowl with three wedding bands and filed chevron bowl molding
- Dimensions of head: 3 5/8″ x 9 3/4″
- Handle handmade from ash
- Handle decorated with file branding and aged brass tacks set in a diagonal pattern
- The handle is finished with a bone mouth piece
- This wood was collected from a downed tree in the Clearcreek Valley in Fairfield County, Ohio
- Handle hand drilled and tomahawk is smokable
- Aged appropriately to replicate a well-used original
- Stamped with touch-mark
It’s accidentally that I found Todd Bitler’s website. His realizations, displayed in his site gallery pleased me so much that I quickly contacted him for the manufacturing of a Pipe Axe of the Indian Wars period.
We exchanged several mails to define the project well, according to my budget. Throughout the process, Todd announced me the headway of his work and sent pics. His hints in the choise of wood, decoration and dimensions were really valuable. Finally, 3 month later I received at home, in France, a fabulous pipe axe, which could be displayed in a collection of original ones. The look is superb and the price …moderate! The idea of having another one made is haunting me!
Gérard G., France