Butterball inspecting a blade made from Florida Coral
Florida Coral and Agate blades
Well for me, turkeys, History and the hobby of flintknapping all blend together into one fascinating intertwined schematic. And often while chipping out an arrowhead or knife, the turkeys, every curious are my companions, chirping with inquisitiveness and scratching at flakes and tools.
Flintknapping (the manufacture of flaked stone tools) perhaps predates nearly everything in human culture. In fact most of what we know of the story of early man and many cultures or civilizations around the world is based on the enduring stone tools created by our ancestors and 'not quite' ancestors.
Before modern science with accurate dating methods and DNA analysis, scientist and historians had to rely on stone stones to speculate the on culture of long dead people, the ancient trade routes, the colonization of the Pacific Ocean, the Americas and the Caribbean can be traced through the spread of stone tools.
Flintknapping also has art and religious connotations. Many examples of spectacular stone tools were created that had no practicable purpose, except perhaps to satisfy the creativity of the flint knapper. Other examples were created only to be buried with someone for the afterlife. Thousands of flint arrowheads have been buried with persons of importance and tiny arrowheads too small for actual use have been buried with young children.
Florida Coral blade I chipped. The Tom in the photo is the offspring of an Eastern Wild Tom and a Spanish Black Hen. He was once Alpha male of the flock. No he is my flint knapping companion because the "New" king will not tolerate him by the hens.
Lilac telling me what she thinks of this arrowhead!
Besides companionship while I’m flint knapping, the turkeys offer up the stray wing feather for my arrows and atlatl dart shafts
Florida petrified coral is one of my favorite materials to work with
Flint knapping tools
Obsidian knives donated to the Irish Wolfhound benefit auction.
The "Owl knife" the "Wolf knife" & the "American knife" were donated to the Archaeologists for Autism benefit auction. Great cause!!
Blades donated for the second annual Archaeologists for Autism benefit auction.
Blade created as a demonstration of flint knapping during the Archaeologists for Autism event.
Surprised it was not broken as 'talking' and chipping does not bode well for the artifact.
Lilac--Disapproving of a poor quality pre-form
My atlatl-atlatl spear thrower made of Osage orange wood.
Dart is made of palmetto with turkey feather fletching.
Honey-bird inspects a coral point. (We have two "Honeybirds"
Because of the sharp flakes, Flint Knapping has to be done on a tarp and the flakes tossed in a trash can or there are little razor blades lying around. (Tarp Companions above)