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Steady as she goes. I have been busy with summer activities myself. A nice handful of points. I strive to do it more like freeze. He turns out points that are balanced all around, I think I know technically what I need to do, but I'm still not there in later stages! Thanks for sharing your work.nogie1717 wrote:I’m in a notching slump (mostly humidity on my tools), so I pulled out a cast of an Agate Basin I have and working in that direction. I’m happy with my results, but the balance on the cast is so good that I just can’t get there yet.
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the vast majority of knappers would have found that rock challenging. it's tough but doesn't have great edge/platform quality. going from notched to stemmed is a very reasonable decision when that's what the rock wants to be.cnyle wrote: Great looking work everyone. I guess I kinda ended up with a crude interpretation of a Hopewell point but this wasn’t the intended finished point. I was going for a Beacon Island but the notches wanted to be Hopewell lol.
balance and smoothness were incredibly important on high plains projectile points because those characteristics were primary ones in shielding the point from transverse/lateral failure. i have seen astonishing attention paid to those characteristics on some paleo points. but in a way it takes the same mastery of edge prep and contours as it does to achieve semi-perfect facial symmetry. one failed flake platform out of hundreds can ruin things. but the basic concept is to first attempt to totally master getting exactly the flake you want every single time you flake. and the second thing is that once you have that mad skill acquired, play 3d lithic chess with the rocks and be as many moves ahead as possible in your awareness, and consider the effect of every flake on the balance as much or more than on the facial symmetry.nogie1717 wrote: Thanks for the comments and those are some nice points cnyle and freeze.
I would like to expound a bit more on balance. I'll try to pull some photos of the cast, but on a side view along the blades edge, the thickness of the point doesn't vary more than a mm (if not less) outside of the taper at the tip and the base. When peering down from the proximal or distal end, the lenticular contour is incredibly smooth and almost perfectly "balanced". I've heard that the best of the Edens (with their diamond cross section) will balance on the median ridge of that diamond.
I don't have an artists eye, so thank goodness my wife can help me out if I really want a point to look symmetrical, but the balance, to me, is far more intriguing and in my humble, uneducated opinion is what made the difference between a Havalon and Buck Knife to those who relied on them.
Rainy Butte silicified wood from North Dakota. it’s very unusual but I understand it’s requirements.Stacyharmon wrote: That's a dandy Freeze, it looks as if it were made with diligence. love the flake scars. What is the material?
I have only worked one piece of Rainy Butte and I obviously didn't understand its requirements, ended up with a nice little bird point from a fist size piece. Again beautiful work on a unique material.freeze cracked wrote:Rainy Butte silicified wood from North Dakota. it’s very unusual but I understand it’s requirements.Stacyharmon wrote: That's a dandy Freeze, it looks as if it were made with diligence. love the flake scars. What is the material?
Looks are important. More important is how it feels in your hand. Hold it as if you were going to use the knife. If you're not sure about the look and if it doesnt feel right, then try something else.ShootinFlakes6245 wrote:Okay y'all, I just finished this one and was thinking about using this as the handle but I'm not so sure what do you think I am open for any advice.
Thanks your friend,
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what you should consider doing depends hugely on whether your work is art to be admired or tools to be used. if it's art to be admired, make it exactly however you please. if it's tools to be used, think about what will work the best.ShootinFlakes6245 wrote: Okay y'all, I just finished this one and was thinking about using this as the handle but I'm not so sure what do you think I am open for any advice.
Thanks your friend,