This is a comb patterned after an ancient Egyptian one from 1300 BC. Its made from black walnut and I made some minor changes to the carving but kept the rest true to the original. I am blown away by ancient woodwork and it is hard to comprehend that the original was done using flint and bronze tools.
I split the stock down with a froe a technique that has been used since man has worked wood and no doubt was used on the original. Next the stock was cross cut to length I used a Disston but the original was cut with a bronze saw. I cut the teeth and shaped them with a knife. The decoration on the top of the comb I cut out with a coping saw another tool available in bronze to the ancient Egyptians. I love the highly decorated and aesthetically pleasing wooden artifacts that were made during this time. It’s interesting that all these works of art were perfectly preserved in tombs while little of other cultures woodwork was lost to weather and use.