Saturday, January 16, 2010

Flaked Stone Axeheads


The weather has been a bit warmer, in the 30's with some sun, which is considerable better than the sub zero temperatures of the past couple weeks.  You really can wonder at and appreciate the tenacity of the Native Americans living out on the plains in those conditions.  Winter was something to prepare for in terms of food, shelter, appropriate clothing, and firewood.  I had read once that December was considered by some tribes to be the "moon of the clacking rocks."  Your time and efforts were more confined closer to the fire, so working on tools for the upcoming seasons occupied your time.  Perhaps more specifically, it referred to the production of pecked and ground tools which took some considerable time and effort to make. Lately though, I've been preparing a number of flaked flint preforms for axes and tomahawks.  You can turn out a flaked axehead in less than an hour. (Below are a couple of authentic flaked axeheads from Chase County in Kansas.)

6 comments:

經林 said...

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Chris Thompson said...

Great blog, i was flipping through blogs and the 4th one i see is this one on flintknapping. (I'm a 17 year old who has been flintknapping for 5 years)

Mark said...

Thanx Chris. I'd like to see pics of some of your work. I hav a problem lately while knapping, have driven a flake into my left index finger several days in a row...lol. maybe if I start off with a bandage instead of having to hunt one down...lol. Any idea what the previous comment says?

Susan said...

Your photos are really amazing. I'm only an amateur but really enjoyed the beauty of your work.

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