Roman rafting axe

Did you know? This Roman rafting axe, found in Nuneaton, once had a wooden handle. Ash would have been ideal for the job then, and you'd still use ash for an axe handle now. But can you think why?

Ash

"What will be your second wooden wonder?"

"Take a look at for and against to help you decide."

ash bark and ivy.
for - quite strong, quite hard, durable, quite elastic.
against - difficult to work into clever shapes, too elastic for some jobs. Insects love it!
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