CELT FROM THE WOODS

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July 27th, 2018, 2:19 pm #1

All done aboriginally.













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July 27th, 2018, 2:22 pm #2

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July 28th, 2018, 1:15 am #3

Very nice. A true museum quality piece. 
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July 28th, 2018, 9:41 am #4

Awesome! Are those chisels in photos #4 & 5 made of antler tines?
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July 28th, 2018, 1:43 pm #5

Speechless.  Awesome with sprinkles and whipped topping.
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July 29th, 2018, 12:46 am #6

Brilliant.  Nothing wanting in terms of precision or esthetic.  A window into long lost means of manufacture.

I'd foresee Pete Davis feral action hero bobble-heads being hawked at knap-ins but for the enormous crown of antlers offsetting their stability.
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July 29th, 2018, 8:59 pm #7

Yes antler chisels. They get damp in green wood, so whetting resharpens and with friction drives water back out.

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August 17th, 2018, 1:08 am #8

I love how your Celt turned out Pete, looks sexy! Glad I was able to witness some of the cavity burning process at the knap-in. Was the inside rasped with a quartzite flake, just wondering.
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August 17th, 2018, 1:30 pm #9

I had to continue with fire-which was a major discovery. The quartzite tool was pretty impotent on the fire-hardened hickory. So I set up a fire here, spot-charred the edges where I had contact and kept going. It's close to a good fit now but still needs a tiny bit of wood removed and a polish/sharpening. These tools take a lot of time when you avoid steel tool workarounds. I'll be bringing my #2 celt and handle to Saunders with all my other hardstone stuff. It's at the antler hole stage currently. Also bringing my ferruginous abo artifact frames and some raw ferruginous as discussion pieces. I hope he lets us set up.
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August 17th, 2018, 1:41 pm #10

Charnockite hole abrader. 
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August 17th, 2018, 2:38 pm #11

I really hope he let's us set up too. What is Charnockite, is this a stone from around here, and does it have any recorded use among the peoples of old?

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August 17th, 2018, 7:19 pm #12

Pedlar formation. Precambrian basement complex rock. It's a granite. I built a chimney from it last summer. Here it is





I don't think it's a toolstone. But it makes a good rasp, and I went back to the chimney job and grabbed that piece I use from the pasture piles up there. Rocky Mountain, below the towers. 

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August 17th, 2018, 7:27 pm #13

Would you mind bringing a piece of it and maybe some of that black chert that you had at the knap-in to the show, if you can. I would love to see it in person.

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August 17th, 2018, 9:01 pm #14

Pete my sight isn't what it once was but as far as I may enlarge the image of that chimney I cannot see any mortar, only clean lines and flat planes.

Your name is written in the signature of your stonework throughout the hills and hollers of your local landscapes.  Because your materials are locally derived and organically suited to the character of their places, your work will endure long past our current age.  Nature's sympathy with your worthy intent is how you are drawn to find the ancient quarries and why the bucks drop their weighty sheds where they anticipate your wandering.  It may be that they and the ancestral spirits watch you more than you chase them. 
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August 17th, 2018, 11:13 pm #15

Now, I'm all SMILES




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