Stone Age Bow video

Connor86
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5:19 PM - Nov 25, 2015 #1

Hey folks here's a short video of a stone age bow project from the fall.  Nothing fancy but I used a bone chisel and quartzite cobbles for most of the work which I thought ya'll might like.  Thanks!

http://www.youtube.com/v/zZPV-sL7KGk&ve ... tube_gdata
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5:46 PM - Nov 25, 2015 #2

Very nice bow, what wood is that?
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6:46 PM - Nov 25, 2015 #3

Thanks, mountain maple. Acer glabrum
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8:53 PM - Nov 25, 2015 #4

I just saw it grows in northeastern North America. Are you from US or Canada?
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10:46 PM - Nov 25, 2015 #5

Wyoming USA
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1:18 AM - Nov 28, 2015 #6

Thanks for this video Connor, always great to see primitive tools in action performing real work resulting in a fine craft. That quartzite looks like a higher grade material, I'd bet it would make some fine points to complement your outfit.
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1:26 AM - Nov 29, 2015 #7

I've tried knapping it with fair (fair to low) success using large moose antlers but don't know what wood from here would work. Maple, juniper, choke cherry and Saskatoon are here do you think any of those would work? Do you think a quartzite point can be sharp enough for hunting?
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2:47 AM - Nov 29, 2015 #8

Here on the East Coast quartzite was used in prehistory for both knives and hunting points. I've seen that very sharp edges are possible, especially if you unifacially sharpen a flake struck from a core. As to the selection of wood for a percussion knapping tool, I've not tried any of the ones you mention but have had success with Hickory, Live Oak, Persimmon and especially Dogwood. Best you can do is to try a wood which is heavy and dense, the alternative would be to get a hickory ax handle from a hardware store but that's inconsistent with your method. There have been some detailed discussions in the Old Tools/Aboriginal Knapping forum which have explored this topic, you might be able to arrange a trade with one of the guys over there for some suitable wood. Don't use your moose antler, it can work but quartzite will just chew it up fast.
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8:17 PM - Dec 01, 2015 #9

Great video, I really enjoyed it.
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12:56 AM - Dec 04, 2015 #10

Thanks!
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12:32 PM - Dec 27, 2015 #11

Pretty darn cool! Thanks for sharing that.
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