Yeah Finn - the axe is a copy of the decorated Clonteevy axe-head recorded in Cormac Burke's article 'Antiquities from the River Blackwater III' in the Ulster Journal of Archaeology. The guy (Alastair) who made it is a fella who does custom metal-work for re-enactors as well as other types of decorative metal-working. The business is Madregal Designs who can be found here: http://www.madregaldesigns.com/start.htm
. Alastair recognised from the UJA illustration that the original maker of the axe had broken his chisel a couple of times in the process - as did Alastair half a millenium afterwards with my reproduction! The axe is also interesting in that it conforms to Stanihurst's (late 16thC) contemporary description of galloglass axe's having a 12" cutting edge which is almost to the milimetre exactly the case with the Clonteevy axe. The same dimensions also apply - with only very slight variations in profile - in the cases of the undecorated Annaghbeg and Derryloughan axe-heads which were found nearby and are also recorded in the same article.
Madregal did the helmet too btw, and I've had a custom comb-morion done by them also. As for funding of the helmet - well I bought the two of them around the same time - about five years ago. And the funding was raised by doing public gigs - galloglass-fashion!! The sale of the bascinet was a consious decision to stop spreading myself too thin by knocking 15thC (or for that matter 14thC) living history on the head so-to-speak and to concentrate more on the 16thC. Btw I still think that the bascinet is good for earlier 16thC actions such as Knockdoe but with later 16thC battles like Farsetmore and Monasteranenagh interesting me more and more the acquirement of an early combless burgonet seemed the correct decision. I also needed more space at home!!
Hope you are keeping well