PHOENIX OBSIDIAN DESIGNS - Flintknapping Supplies
It is just as easy to learn to knap with traditional tools than it is with copper .. should get me on down to meet Ken Wallace, a knapping legend here in the. Easy-to-knap heated, graded knapping stone for beginner and expert flint knappers, natural antler billets and tools. This website provides access to an on-line catalog of Flintknapping Supplies provided by Phoenix Obsidian Designs. It also provides information, tools and links.
Check this webpage for monthly dates. Knapping is the shaping of flint, jasper, agate, chert, quartzite, obsidian or other conchoidal fracturing stone through the process of lithic reduction to manufacture Stone Age tools. The word flintknapping was coined to describe the manufacturing of gun flints.
Not all stones that can be worked into tools are flints, but the label stuck. In present day, the term is commonly and broadly used to describe the prehistoric skill and ancient craft of making flaked stone points, arrowheads and tools.
It was a good learning experience watching some of the advanced knappers work on their stone points. See the address and important information below.
Flint Knapping Tools
September 25, Time: If you arrive after 9: Since we will be joining the Stone Age Olympics event for the September knapping get-together, here are some important information concerning the event. From the Old Quarry parking lotit will be an eight minutes walk to the Dairy Glen campground, where the event will take place. If you will need transport of your knapping equipment from the Old Quarry parking lot, you must promptly be at the far end of the parking lot before or at 9: I will have a park vehicle transport all of the knappers equipment to the campground.
You can then leisurely walk to the Dairy Glen campground. If you arrive late, you will have to walk to the campground, pick up the wheeled cart at the knapping area and get your knapping equipment from your vehicle at the Old Quarry parking lot.
Then, wheel everything back to the campground.
We will be set up under a canopy. Look for the knappers. The kiosk attendant will let you drive through without paying the parking fee, if your name is on the list. Only the knappers will be in the knapping area. The public will not be allowed to knap.
- Flint Knapping
They can ask questions about knapping or may just watch. You can work on any of your knapping projects during the event. Or take a break and wander around the event. Send me an e-mail, if you plan to attend. Turn right onto Highway 84 headed west.Prehistoric Experiences : 1000 tools Pt 5 Making tools for flint knapping.
Most skilled knappers use percussion tools for removing larger flakes and for roughing out the piece, and utilize pressure flaking for final shaping and sharpening. In the photograph above you can see the various sizes of billets that I have in my flint knapping tool kit. The three billets on the right are made of copper pipe. Each billet has a soldered copper cap attached to the end that has been pressed out to create a rounded end.
Unfortunately you cannot purchase rounded caps from the hardware store and must press your own if you wish to make these tools yourself. Each cap is filled with lead to increase weight and density Disclaimer, breathing in the fumes of molten lead is very hazardous to your health.
The billet on the far left is made of a piece of solid copper rod. It is much denser than the hollow lead head billets on the right and I use it for spalling tool blanks from larger pieces of rock. Modern pressure flaking tools: In the photograph above you can see various pressure flakers. From top to bottom: All of the pressure flakers are tipped with copper rod of varying sizes and are used for "pushing" flakes of stone off of a piece that is being worked.
Learn More The Ishi stick provides an advantage over the hand flaker because the length allows greater leverage when flaking. Generally I use the Ishi stick almost exclusively for most of my pressure flaking needs and prefer it to a hand flaker until I am ready to make my final pass on the piece. I use the small notcher on the right for sharpening and notching pieces.