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Custom Handmade War Clubs for Sale & Commission

Larry Gotkin’s custom, handmade war clubs offer museum-quality, artisan craftsmanship for the serious collector or re-enactor.

In the 1500s, when their European trade muskets ran out of powder and shot, the American Indians undoubtably discovered in the midst of battle that their empty muskets made devastating clubs. War clubs in the stylized shape of gunstocks became popular amongst the Northeastern tribes, and the weapon spread to across the Great Plains to the Pacific Coast. These clubs, carved from straight-grained hardwoods, weighed  several pounds, and often had spear or knife points (of antler, bone, flint or metal) attached to increase their lethality. The clubs, like tomahawks, were often embellished with carvings, feathers, leather, paint, beads, brass tacks, scalplocks, etc. These weapons still were in use in the late 1800s. 

Note: No original examples I have seen indicate that they started out as an actual firearm, as there are no lock or barrel inlets, and many are flat and board-like. The shape was probably an attempt to capture the lethal "magic" of the firearm. However, the versatility of this club as a close-quarters combat weapon becomes apparent as soon as it is handled. It can be used to parry, thrust and trap, one or two-handed, and every surface creates blunt force trauma. 

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    Architecture and award-winning museum-quality custom handmade knives, edged weapons, powder horns / powderhorns, tomahawks, war clubs (warclubs), jewelry, metal sculpture, cribbage boards, flint and obsidian knives, Japanese swords, menorahs, and more from Tucson, Arizona artist and architect Larry Gotkin.

    About Larry Gotkin
    Artist & Registered AZ Architect
    Tucson, Arizona

    Unique Custom Handmade Items: acid etching, architecture, blades, candle holders, cheese slicers, clasps, cribbage boards, chess setscustom knives, daggers, desk knives, dirks, edged weapons (knives), edged weapons (tomahawks), flint knives, guns, hadseax, handmade knives, Japanese swords, jewelry, katanas, kitchen knives, knife bags, knives, menukis, metal sculpture, obsidian knives, powder horns, powderhorns, puukkos, sax, scramaseax, scramsax, scrimshaw, seax, seaxe, sgian dubhs, skeans, skinners, spears, sword bags, swords, tallit clips, tantos, tomahawks, wakizashis, war clubs, weapons (knives), weapons (tomahawks), weapons (war clubs), yoga pose meditation candles, yoga pose metal sculptures

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