flint needed

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flint needed

paul.armitage
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paul.armitage
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Joined: November 19th, 2017, 7:26 pm

November 19th, 2017, 7:34 pm #1

Hi , I am brand new to knapping and doing loads of reading and you tubing! My interest stems from loads of research around human evolution. I am very keen to get started and practice but live in sheffield south yorkshire, and at a loss as to where to obtain flint or any suitable stone. I only want small amounts and would be happy with smaller pieces! anything to get me started really!
Can anyone help?
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NewbowPA
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Joined: October 8th, 2009, 5:44 am

November 21st, 2017, 3:33 am #2

Glass is always available and could get you started if nothing else should be immediately available; porcelain (toilet tanks, broken china plates, etc.) will also work.  A couple of online references that discuss flint resources in your general area can be found at http://journal.lithics.org/index.php/li ... le/649/634  and  https://assemblagejournal.files.wordpre ... ngland.pdf.  Good luck with your new adventure.
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EphraimxGadsby
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November 24th, 2017, 11:38 pm #3

Hello!

Sourcing flint around Shef will take some effort. It's really worthwhile and satisfying to pursue, but I'd recommend getting  a bit of experience knapping before heading out to source your own material so that you have a better idea of what you're looking for in quality materials.

Glass is excellent and easy to start with! Bottle bottoms can be good (dropping a 6in nail in and shaking is my preferred method of detaching the bottom) but getting that concavity out can be hard, depending on the brand. I started with them but the concavity kept me frustrated. Bombay Sapphire bottles are also pretty good, and I've made some good points from the bottom of bottles of Bulleit bourbon. It helps your liver and wallet to have a pal that bartends. I'd also recommend heading to a charity shop and looking for cheap coloured glass vases or vessels with flat spots and busting them up to get to those. This makes me want to try some bottle points again. Maybe a theme for a thread?

There's nothing quite like the real thing though. James Dillehay at AncientCraft and Will Lord at Prehistoric Experiences both have online stores through which they sell their repros, and I bet they'd be willing to sell you some raw material and/or preforms. It's also really worth acquiring some casts or reproductions of some of the things you'd like to make. A 3D example is easier to learn from than photos in books.

good luck, have fun and keep us updated on your progress!

ExG

http://cavemanchemistry.com/oldcave/pro ... ottle.html
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PaleoSoul
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Joined: January 21st, 2018, 4:33 pm

February 27th, 2018, 1:44 pm #4

I have a bunch of Obsidian and Dacite if your still looking for rock

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