Tools and Weapons

Arrow: Torak discovers how good Renn is at archery in Wolf Brother. The arrow was used to kill a willow grouse. By ShadowSilverWolf.

Arrowhead: I went and found a rock that was about the right shape. I sharpened it a little against another rock, and tied it on with some string. By forestfred.

Bow: I made this by first finding a stick the right size. Then I cut a slit on one end and tied a string onto the other end. I made a loop in the string and attached it. The next thing I did was take off some of the bark, near the handle. By forestfred.

Spoon: *Oath Breaker spoiler* My version of the spoon that Bale made for Torak in chapter 1 of Oath Breaker. I used half a mussel shell, sea weed and sea grass. By Lone Tree.

Knife sheath: By Greyfur.

Knife, pack and medicine pouch: By Greyfur.

Pack: By Greyfur.

Misc tool: By Greyfur.

Medicine pouch: By Greyfur.

Knife: By Greyfur.

Axe: The handle is made from hazelwood, and the blade used to be silex, but it broke and had to be replaced with a metal one. The blade has been rammed into the wood and has been secured by bits of birch tar and string. By Greyfur.

Arrow: It has a wooden shaft which I carved to make straight, I found the wood in my local woods. The feathers came from a packet brought from my local craft shop but I think they might be real but have been processed. The sinew came from a craft shop, and is used to hold on the arrows and the arrowhead. The arrow head is made from stone that I knapped. By Simloe.

Medicine pouch: This is a medicine pouch I made of felt. It has leather cord to tie it together as a drawstring that can then be tied around a belt. By wolfeygirl.

Fa’s knife: *Spoiler* In one of the later books we find out that if the binding is taken off there is a compartment containing part of the fire opal. I had to shape the blade and carve the hilt. I made a small compartment to put a yellow stone I have in which I would use as the fire opal. I wrapped the sinew and leather around the hilt as the binding. By Simloe.

Fa’s knife: In the books we learn it has a blade made of blue slate in the shape of a willow leaf and the shaft has an elk sinew binding. To make it I used a blue stone, maybe slate, that I found at my local woods, sinew from a craft shop, leather cord, and feathers that have been bought from a shop. By Simloe.

Dream catcher: This is a dream catcher I made using leather cord and string and I made the beads from clay. The feathers are shop bought but are real feathers that have been dyed and cleaned. The Dream catcher is something the Mages may have used to catch bad dreams if a person had suffered from many bad dreams. By WolfeyGirl.

Flint axe: The axe head is made out of local flint and started off as a block about 1ft. x 0.5ft. it was then shaped into a roughout by knapping it with hard quartzite hammerstones from West Runton near Cromer. The roughout was then shaped and thinned into an axe head using softer antler hammers from all over the UK (mainly Scotland). the blade was pressure flaked to achieve a sturdy and longer-lasting blade. By Flintknapper.

Flint axe: The haft was shaped using a flint adze (which will probably end up on here soonish) and drilled with a flint hand and bow drill. By Flintknapper.

Flint axe: The haft is local ash (Herts) cut with a modern saw due to coppicing guidelines and trying to reduce damage to the tree. By Flintknapper.

Knife and sheath: Finished knife in sheath. By Flintknapper.

Knife and sheath: White flint knife outside sheath. By Flintknapper.

Knife and sheath: The starting knots around the dried grass which is twisted whilst being tied to make it stronger. By Flintknapper.

Knife and sheath: Working further up the sheath. By Flintknapper.

Fa’s knife: I carved the slate roughly with a knife to the willow leaf shape, then used a stone to smooth the edges and sharpen the point. I made a slit in the top of the bone with my other knife and cut off any sharp edges to create the handle, testing the blade fitted in the slot. Some watercolour paints were used to make the blue bands on the blade, and then it was left to dry. I slotted the blade into the handle, then wound the strip of leather around the handle, leaving a little bone exposed at the end. By AquaHuskey.

Quiver: By Darkened.

Holmgaard bow: My Holmgaard is made of english ash and has a 75lb draw weight (how heavy it is to pull back). Some metal and some flint tools (flint ones made by myself) were used to shape it but the way the metal tools were used are almost exactly the same as ancient ways. By Flintknapper.

Holmgaard bow: The picture of the bow with two arrows is just after completion before I could add the leather hand hold. By Flintknapper.

Feather fletchings: Using some thread, I tied some pigeon feathers to the other end, to fletch the arrow. By ShadowSilverWolf.

Bone needle: Out of the remaining bone stripped from my dagger I decided to make a needle. After lots of sanding it became really sharp. By cameldog.

Quiver: Quivers were used simply to carry and store arrows and we have seen them in all six books of the Chronicles of Ancient Darkness. By cameldog.

Atlatl or Spear thrower: The Atlatl was an ancient hunting weapon previous to even the bow. It gave the hunter the capability to throw his spear over a larger distance and with greater strength. By cameldog.

Sling: By cameldog.

Sling: Out of imitation leather I made the pouch to hold the rocks used and then tied a leather cord to each end. These are the ones to hold and release one of them when the sling is in use. By cameldog.

Bone dagger: Bone daggers had several uses such as hunting. They are one of mans’ earliest weapons.
It took me ages for my local butcher to have the right bone for the dagger in stock. At home I boiled it and scraped off the excess meat, pretty gross work. Afterwards came the worst and stinkiest part, cutting the bone to the right shape and get rid of the bone marrow. After achieving this I indented the harpoon like teeth on the dagger. By cameldog.

Feather fletches: I split the other end into quarters and simply inserted four feathers which I secured with string. By cameldog.

Arrowhead: I cut out a rectangular piece centered at one end of the branch where I inserted the stone arrowhead. Then I tightened it with cordage to make a tight bond. By cameldog.

Arrow: By cameldog.

Stone axe: I got a freshly cut branch from a bush so it would not be brittle and snap. Next I got a stone axe head the right size to fit into my handle. After securely tightening the axe head to the shaft with cordage the axe was ready. By cameldog.

Arrowhead: To make the arrow head, I flintknapped rock for endless hours to get the shape I wanted (as seen below in the pictures). I banged and scraped for days in order to get the sharp point and the thinned edges, made to easily puncture the skin of prey in order to inflict the damage and kill the animal for food. By Scarwolf.

Arrowhead and shaft: The shaft is a relatively small, straight branch that I spent days searching for. I carved and stripped it in order to make it as straight as possible so that the arrow would fly straight as well. I then created a slit in the top end of the shaft in order to insert the arrow head, before securing the arrow head with stripped willow (and a little bit of string). By Scarwolf.