Everyone needs something that gets them excited! I love primitive skills...welcome to my journey.
Friday, January 4, 2013
English Flint Knife
One of my projects this past fall was playing with English flint. My previous experience knapping this material was unimpressive. But, this heat treated blade, percussion knapped, made a nice 6 1/2 inch blade. I hafted this blade into a knobby elk antler and wrapped with it sinew and hide glue to make a 10 1/4 inch stone knife. This type of flint, as the name implies, was used by the prehistoric peoples of modern day England to produce cutting and chopping tools, as well as projectile points. A nice website to check out is www.flintknapping.co.uk. This is the site for John and Val Lord and their prehistoric research projects.
I've been interested in primitive skills ever since I read Larry Dean Olsen's book, Outdoor Survival Skills, decades ago. The past 25 years, or so, I have been striving to learn the skills...flintkapping, hide working, friction fires, edible & medicinal plants, etc. Having gained some proficiency, I have been demonstrating and teaching at historical events and gatherings. It is a never ending journey.