Examples of wooden combs from 800-1200 are very rare but they do exist. In this example we will be looking at what sort of combs were used in that time period and picking one to replicate, where possible we will use replica tools or approximations. This is not meant to be the bar all end all reference in comb making, being an ancient art and globally diverse there will be a host of methods. Wood is not the best material for a comb, horn or antler because of their smoothness when finished and durability probably is, but wood was something everyone had access to and probably was used by folks who couldn't afford the better products. 
It is a fact that the first thing that people notice even beyond body shape is hair, smooth well kept hair speaks of good health social abilities, while unkempt wild and tangled hair can mean that one is ill, or not being taken care of. So combs have played an important roll since they were invented.
Lets take a look at historical combs

Step 1: Historical Combs

The oldest comb that I have reference and photography is dated to the 1rst Century BCE in the Dead Sea region, after that they begin popping up all over the world, Ireland and Scandinavia had a booming trade of making and selling bone, antler and horn combs, maybe wood too
Here are pictures of combs that I have amassed from all over Europe, on the internet and from friends, I've lost track of their sources.

Most of these are made from antler but there are some wood ones mixed in.

Looking at the historical ones we find clues to technique and construction methods, there are also clues to what tools were used.  Put on your investigator hat and take a close look at all of them then move on to the next step
I've started work on a Bloodwood&amp;Oak comb. I still need to do some rounding, sanding and oiling.<br> <br> Here's what I have so far:<br> <a href="http://nooleanbot.blogspot.com/2013/03/wooden-viking-comb.html" rel="nofollow">http://nooleanbot.blogspot.com/2013/03/wooden-viking-comb.html</a>
<p>Thanks, I looked over your page and would have commented there but the edit police said I couldn't. Yes, they are fun to make. Great one day projects or more if you want to do them up a bit..</p>
Great job on the comb! <br> <br>Not sure why your tooth tool didn't work, I used .125 in 1075 steel fully annealed for the marker and then the same steel to 80% hardness for the saw, but ended up using a comercial dovetail saw.. <br> <br>There is a lot of confusion and bad information on the net about Runor (Runes) check your resources stick to reputable sources, runes are not ideograms they are phonetic also refering to them as Futhark is wrong on many levels like calling our own alphabet Abcdef. <br> <br>You're using a lot of power tools so your results are going to be different than mine.
<p>Thanks for those great instructions.<br> I wonder how to make a lice comb.<br> It must be really tightly between the teeth ...</p>
<p>A lice comb is done basically the same way except as you noted with tighter teeth, they were usually two sided also, there are a couple in my examples page.</p>
<p>How much longer than the material you are going through (the layers you are attaching) does the rivet 'tail' need to be? Your rivet process would be perfect for me to add some decoration to my drinking horn, but I've never riveted before and don't want to crack the thing or have huge lumps on the inside...</p>
<p>Servelan, In determining rivet length we also need to consider diameter of the rivet wire and the diameter of the rivet hole. If the rivet is the same diameter as its passage hole then 1/16 or .0612 inch should be fine but the hole needs to be slightly countersunk on both sides to minimize splitting from the wire expanding. I highly recommend testing your materials separate from your project.</p>
<p>could some one show documentation of where and when the combs were found. primary sources please. </p>
<p>That would be a pleasure to use on my beard :D</p>
amazing instructable. it deserves more credit and more favorites. The break down of the the comb in step two shows the passion.
Never knew that Vikings were recognized for their personal grooming skills.
The Viking Answer Lady has all the details, <br>http://www.vikinganswerlady.com/hairstyl.shtml#PersonalGrooming <br>In addition to combs the vikings carried a &quot;toilet set&quot; that comprised an ear spoon, tweezers and pick carved from bone or antler. Vikings in Iceland and many other areas wintered with their livestock indoors, so daily combing may have been necessary to remove fleas, chiggers, ticks etc. The English complained that the Vikings in the Danelaw seduced high born English women by grooming often, bathing weekly, and changing their clothes, (presumably to launder the dirty ones).
Somewhere there is an entry in a book of hours that complains of the Danes vanity, something to the effect that &quot;they are always combing their hair and bathe daily&quot; I heard the reference 30 years or so ago and haven't been able to document it but it seems credible.
Thanks for the history lesson. I think more instrutcables should follow that example.
You are welcome, I hope to get some more instructables out in the near future
We take things like combs for granted.&nbsp; It is interesting to learn how people from millenia back in history handled such things.&nbsp; I made an example of a <a href="https://www.instructables.com/id/Ancient-Egyptian-Combination-Square-and-Level/" rel="nofollow">combination square and level</a> used by the Egyptians at the time of Ramses and published it as an Instructable.&nbsp; Many of these things involved clear thinking about basic processes more than fancy tools.&nbsp; Thank you for publishing this.&nbsp; I think it deserves to be Featured, but I am not an editor.<br />
This is great, but I think the copper-riveting process itself should be expanded into a more detailed Instructable.<br /> <br /> <br />
Thanks, I agree.<br /> <br /> I had the time to get this up but not the camera, I'll edit in more details as soon as I can either with art or pics
Cool.<br /> <br /> Just a thought - I don't know how available copper wire is in the thicknesses required.&nbsp; Is it possible to substitute copper tubing?&nbsp; Or brass?<br /> <br /> <br />
The first rivets I did were made from 10 gauge grounding wires, the next batch I did were made from 14 gauge single strand, and lately I've settled into 16 gauge.&nbsp; The key is go slow and not to hard when your peening it into a rivet head.&nbsp; The ends need to be as flat as possible and you hammer straight down, it takes practice, it's best to just practice on some scrap wood instead of an actual comb that you have bunches of hours on.
&nbsp;&quot;the grain was weird and I was in experienced, during assembly the blade split.&quot; Don't you mean that you were weird and the grain was <em>in</em>experienced? Just kidding, please finish this 'ible, it is going to be great.
&nbsp;great instructable! I've been trying to figure out how to make a wooden comb for a while now.
I'm going to be redoing this one and anew comb in a month or so that gets more into how to cut the teeth
Oh. OK. I was wondering about that. It didn't seem like there was much information on that.

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