Beginning Knappers read this please...

A collection of information for those just starting their flintknapping journey.
rockinh5
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rockinh5
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Joined: March 25th, 2013, 6:18 pm

March 25th, 2013, 6:25 pm #81

Idaho Clovisman wrote:
Ok i am seeing alot of beginning knappers post pics of their work i have a little bit to say about this ...when i first started i tried to make points when they broke i got fustrated so i found a better and faster way to sucess..(build your cofidence on sucess).Don't try to make points, to make good points you have to be able to take good flakes but when you first start it is hard and you waste alot of material so MAKE preforms....that is all then put them in a bucket...when every bit of your material is gone go back to your bucket and thin the preforms making them a better preform by the time you have gone through a bucket 2 times without trying to make a point your flaking will have gotten 100% better you will be able to take long flakes or short flakes and that is the key. i have a student in Montana he started with 500lbs of obsidian he reduced it all to 5 buckets of preforms ,he then reduced them again and he had 3 buckets of nice preforms..he then reduced them again to shaped then bifaces ready to finish he had 1 bucket left but it was great stuff..it took him almost a year but then he started making points from his bucket well he is better than me now and it only took him about 18 months...something to think about ...:-



Excellent advice. Thank you. I think I'll use this approach for awhile and see what happens.
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MarkD
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Joined: September 20th, 2010, 4:23 pm

December 5th, 2013, 6:06 am #82

This is great advice. When I started flint knapping I saw all the great points others were making so I would go out hell bent on making a good arrowhead using thin flakes I would lose patience, more than half the flakes broke when I worked them. So now I work my spalls into bifaces then work and thin those into performs and set them aside to work into points. Now I feel less pressured and I'm learning more about the rock I'm working and the characteristics of the stone. Thanks
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