Making a Serpentine Patu – Carving a Maori Style Warrior Club – Greenstone Mere

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Hey everyone! Today I’ll be carving my first stone patu. I’ve made quite a few wood patu, but have always wanted to make a mere from pounamu. I’m still looking for a piece of jade big and solid enough to make a mere from, but thanks to Antler Mike (instructor at Between the Rivers primitive skills gathering) I have a piece of serpentine for my first stone patu/mere.

This stone is softer than jade, probably a little over a 5 on the Mohs scale. Nephrite Jade is around a 6-7, and hard serpentine is around a 6. This stone is just soft enough to be cut on my metal-cutting bandsaw, which won’t cut hard serpentine or jade without shedding teeth (it still cuts, though).

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  • Kawika Alsadon, Jr. - January 8, 2018 reply

    Aloha, another amazing project. Keep up the great work and sharing your inspiring gift!

  • Barack Obama - January 8, 2018 reply

    Wow your maori pronouncing is spot on much respect fir that

  • Anthony L Leid - January 8, 2018 reply

    πŸ˜²πŸ’―β˜πŸ‘βœŠ!Wow what an incredibly beautiful and deadly weapon, it is a one shot one handed widow maker !

  • Erik Blarg - January 8, 2018 reply

    correction it is TOUGHER than bone not harder. bone is harder than unhardened mild steel

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  • Peter Newson - January 8, 2018 reply

    The name of his band saw is almost the name of his channel.

  • BigSchmitt1989 - January 8, 2018 reply

    If you're so worried about it looking hand tooled I guess you should have used hand tools!

  • Kirk Dodson - January 8, 2018 reply

    Love it!!! I've been looking everywhere on how to do this!! Thank you!!

  • Mihaka Brown - January 8, 2018 reply

    How much for the mere/patu?

  • Jackie Eastom - January 8, 2018 reply

    Absolutely beautiful

  • Jesus Serna - January 8, 2018 reply

    Brah serpentine is what asbestos is made from the green vein in that stone will kill you. In 50 years

  • InformationIsTheEdge - January 8, 2018 reply

    Excellent! More please! I would love to hear about the history of the weapon and it's use in the warrior culture. OH! What would be perfect would be some demonstrations of the martial techniques using the weapon!

  • VTPSTTU - January 8, 2018 reply

    Beautiful work!

  • b williams - January 8, 2018 reply

    Wow! Nice man!

  • GoodWithHands27 - January 8, 2018 reply

    first off that looks amazing. but somthing tells me the second you try to swing that on like a tree i bet it would snap in 2

  • Youtubehasaids - January 8, 2018 reply

    Nice! I'm a kiwi and these weapons have a well deserved, fearsome reputation. You do NOT wanna get hit over the head with one of these!

  • b whit - January 8, 2018 reply

    Make one out off whale bone then you'll have a real Patu bey

  • Ben Coole - January 8, 2018 reply

    You're getting quite the reputation from Kiwis (myself included), and I gotta say I'm really impressed with your work on Polynesian/Maōri tools and weapons. Looking forward to seeing more from ya!

    +1 sub

  • Smidge Griffkin - January 8, 2018 reply

    Tu meke!

  • Fighting Arts of England - January 8, 2018 reply

    That was amazing, a master craftsman. I love the Mere club, a terrific weapon.

  • CogitoErgoSumHaereticus - January 8, 2018 reply

    I'm curious as to what you would charge for a work like this. I've been wanting a nice patu or wahaika to add to my collection (I study historical arms and armor as a hobby, and so I am wanting to start an official collection rather than simply compiling images on Pinterest…)

  • kassi man - January 8, 2018 reply

    Another video worth watching twice. Thanks!

  • Kereama Henare - January 8, 2018 reply

    Mean bro not a bad mere

  • Alex Guitguiten - January 8, 2018 reply

    Solid video bro … please do more of these, so many people don't share knowledge now a days… thanks for all the educational videos you make. Mahalo.

  • Jake Sutton - January 8, 2018 reply

    Losing weight. Looking good my dude.

  • The Deamon - January 8, 2018 reply

    That is a gnarly saw.

  • talon lynn - January 8, 2018 reply

    In my experience, stone clubs (and weapons in general) like this tend to crack and break apart relatively easily. Were the clubs used in such a way as to avoid cracking, or did the Maori just make more clubs when they broke, or did they have a way to repair them? How did they deal with broken or cracked weapons in combat?

  • Pacific Goldsmith - January 8, 2018 reply

    Beautiful Job!!!

  • Lucas Ribeiro - January 8, 2018 reply

    when cutting stone like that with a blade, you should spray water on the blade all the time, to prevent chips and lubricate the blade, the same can work for the grinder.

  • Michael Morrow - January 8, 2018 reply

    Do you think limestone would make a good club?

  • Rita Mau - January 8, 2018 reply

    I am a Maori from New Zealand I am proud of you and your pronouncement of Maori words. big ups to I'm deffs going to sub

  • Aaron Bowe - January 8, 2018 reply

    Wanna see u make it with traditional methods and tools

  • John Brown - January 8, 2018 reply

    Wow. Liked and Thumbed up!! Look forward to more stone work. Checking out your Far Cry Primal Flint knapped knife. That knife would be my every day carry and use it for everything including my food.

  • TheKhopesh - January 8, 2018 reply

    You should always wet any form of serpentine you intend to be working with if you may generate fine particles like you do in this video.
    Serpentine, as you've no doubt heard already, is just the natural form of Asbestos, and it's every bit as dangerous as powdered serpentine as it is in any product made with asbestos.

    It's not a high risk, but there's always a very small chance that if you get any of that in your lungs, a small particle (not even enough to feel it) could get lodged there, which is how you get mesothelioma years or decades later in life.

    The easiest way to avoid this is just to have a bottle or container of water near by to wet the stone regularly whenever you're doing any work on it that may result in dust/powder.

  • Melissa Madrid - January 8, 2018 reply

    Yes please

  • luke p38 - January 8, 2018 reply

    Ahh yes carving with a band saw

  • LED Decay - January 8, 2018 reply

    wack me on the head with it

  • Tumatahi Toa - January 8, 2018 reply

    Kia ora Awesome Patu brotha

  • Margoth195 - January 8, 2018 reply

    thank you for having decent pronunciation!!!

  • Algiz - January 8, 2018 reply

    Damn this is a cool crafting video right here!

    PS. You kind of sound like Jason Mewes, I was almost expecting you to say "Snoochie Boochies!" or "Snoogans!" after finishing the patu. πŸ˜€

  • Dave Bolton - January 8, 2018 reply

    loved his Paracord book.

  • Iron Bridge - January 8, 2018 reply

    Just a friendly reminder that serpentine is carcinogenic, being in the same family as asbestos, stay safe when working with it people!

  • Right Left - January 8, 2018 reply

    bam bam

  • Black feather 79 - January 8, 2018 reply

    Awesome job bro, going to have to find a piece of that stone

  • Ludwig - January 8, 2018 reply

    omg your community is awesome, so many possitive comments

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