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September 2, 2013
Volume V, Number 36
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Breaking Rock Is Hard To Do

Competing With Teeth &
Claws, The Ultimate Point Of
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Summer, 2013

How hard can it be to make a useful tool or
hunting weapon out of stone?

It would seem to be no challenge ... yet  
when new "flint knappers" start actually
trying to make arrow heads or other stone
tools, sometimes it is more frustrating than
productive.

As they improve with steady practice, flint
knapping students discover a new found
respect and admiration for those skilled  
craftsmen of the past who developed so
many different types of stone tools and  
hunting weapons.

Most of the Charter Students of "FLINT
KNAPPING 20.12" have completed their  
24-lesson Correspondence Course in making
arrowheads.  I congratulate each of them on
their accomplishments!

I welcome each of the new course members
for 2013 who are now breaking rock on their
way through the Arrowhead Maker's
Correspondence Course "FLINT KNAPPING
20.12".  Good knapping to each of you.

F. Scott Crawford
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Modern Flint Knapping Students Discover A Challenging Old Craft ...
With New Found Respect:  Breaking Rock Is Hard To Do!
Below:
A skilled percussion blow with an antler billet
produces a nice flint blade for pressure flaking
into a sharp dart or arrow point.
Above:
A Texas-sized percussion core, from which several
large chips have been removed, was found in 1990
at an ancient Edwards Plateau chert quarry
located in Bell County.  It measures 10-1/2" long
by 6" wide and is over 2" thick.
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Besides Avoiding The Teeth & Claws Of Hungry Predators,
That Competition For Food Resources Encouraged Early Humans
To Develop Several Ways To Improve On The Effectiveness Of The
Proverbial "Pointy End Of The Stick"
Above:
When this fluted dart point was found with these
extinct bison ribs, the presence of man in North
America at the end of the Ice Age was confirmed.  
This museum photo shows the preserved bison ribs
and dart point, "in-situ", as recovered in 1927 at a
site near Folsom, New Mexico.  These small, fluted
dart points are now known as "Folsom" points.
Below:
This ancient, side notched arrow point is still
bound in the original arrow shaft.  You can see
precisely how the narrow, flat cord was wrapped.
This "Desert Redding" style arrow point is from northern California.  It shows the patina of
age and exposure to the effects of sun, rain and cold temperatures on one side.  The other,
completely unblemished, was sheltered from any exposure for hundreds of years.

A recent eBay find, in a group of 9 field grade arrowheads.  The actual size of this obsidian
arrowhead is 1-5/16" long.
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What Might You Find On The Internet Today?
Enlarged for detail:  See the aged surface patina, from many years of exposure.
Enlarged for detail:  Contrast the "like new" surface of the unexposed side, shown on the right; glossy
translucent obsidian, the volcanic natural glass.
Above:
A large, modern-made side notched spear point
is bound with raw hide into a split, shaped
Osage Orange lance shaft.
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