19 February 2012

Metal Detecting Post #61 - Restoring Ax Heads

4 comments:

13thBama said...

Richard,

Do these methods not reduce the value of the finds like "cleaning" a coin will?

Richard G. Williams, Jr. said...

13B - good question. I'm no expert, but in general, no they do not. Its my understanding that archeologists and museums use electrolysis on iron. Something I've learned in this whole process is that simply removing the item from the environment that caused the rust to begin with does not prevent its progression. The rust, like a cancer, must be completely removed or it will continue to corrode the relic.

13thBama said...

I can imagine your boys finding a reason to "borrow" an old axe like that. That is really something to pass down from one generation to the next! Nice work!

Richard G. Williams, Jr. said...

Thanks - that's what its all about. Sloane's words are some of the most poetic and inspiring I've ever read. He's fast becoming one of my favorite writers/historians/artists. I talked at length to an archeologist the other day and he collects trade axes. Absolutely fascinating.