Any Flintknappers Out There?

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  1. Country

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    Hello Everyone!

    I amm living in north central Alabama (WAR EAGLE!) and was wondering how many of you guys on the sight might do any knapping. Doesn't matter to me where you are at just wanted to reach out to some other rock boppers. I have been knapping for around eight years now and have become decent at it. The lack of material is what has kept me from it sometimes as i like to find it in the field if at all possible. I found soem in Albany, Ga. last year but haven't been back yet. That's my next me-time vacation without the wife. Yall get back to me on this one please. I am really interested in how many of yall knap.
     
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    Im not a knapper but i always wanted to learn. I want to go semi abo with alil of the new tools mixed in there somewhere till I get the technique down.
     
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    Me too, I wanna learn
     
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    +1, a southern knapper right here
     
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    Working on it but all I have is quartz
     
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    I flintlock, there for I knapp.
    Back in the day, I bought all the cool knapping tools, still have them somewhere.
    Just use the back edge of me knife now.
    Breaking up a nodule is like cracking an egg, you can only guess where the breaks are gonna be until you work with a few. From shards it seems to be easier.
     
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    just got started into it bout a year ago. its a lot of fun. my son loves it too! there's a lot of flint here in my part of ky. I wish I could spend more time on it.
     
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    I enjoy the hobby...I'm fair at best. Good thing is we are surrounded by G-town flint so if I happen to bust something mid work I just toss it aside and start another....made my own Ishi-stick from Osage a few years back and it's held up well....
     
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    I have only tried (and failed miserably) a couple of times. I just wanted to chime in with another source to get practice material. Empty glass bottles. You can find videos on youtube, but basically you drop a nail into the bottle and shake it. Then the bottom of the bottle will fall out and you are good to go. Happy knapping!
     
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    I knapp all my hunting points each season but that's about it. We don't have a lot of workable stone around here other than quartz, so I don't do much hobby knapping. There's a lot of coastal plains chert south of here that I pick up whenever I can.

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    Hey Everyone,

    I am at work right now so i can't type long. But, i am glad that i got so many responses to this one. Maybe we should hop aboard that new thread train with this like was suggested before. gotta go but i look forward to getting in touch with all of yall. We all need to swap some pointers and some rocks. Especially for those of yall that dont live in areas that have workable flint.
     
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    I don't have anything to add about the flintknapping but I will say this: ROLL TIDE! (Sorry, couldn't resist.) :)
     
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    I was shown how to do it at the Knap-in at Moundsville a few years ago, but I haven't kept it up. SOme stone here in NE MS, but not much that you can knap.
     
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    like the idea
     
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    Hello Gentlemen. Sorry so long between posts here. Don't get to be as active in the sight as i would like sometimes. Is anybody interested in going down to Albany, Ga. with me in September to grab some flint. I have to go back down to the coast to check on my rental house and pick up some stuff. So either you gotta follow me to albany or ride with. Ok by me either way but this is a great place to pick up some flint. If anyone is wondering about eh quality of the rock down there Billy Berger form Primitive Archer has done a couple of pieces in the magazine about stone from there. He is the guy from icaveman and various other youtube videos about primitive technology. Let me know something if you want some rock or are interested in going.
     
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    I am in south west bama and have been flintknapping for 25 years. not sure where you are at but there is some great flint in north Alabama fort payne, bangor and horse creek (pickwick) chert are all up that way. the rock in the Albany area is great but make sure you are well versed in the laws of that area. the law in that area doesn't mess around. I really love the honey colored flint river flint that comes from there. good luck with your trip.............ROLL TIDE, benji
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    I also live in Bama (east central) and the lack of materials has kept me from going down the flint napping rd. I would love to try it though.

    Btw, ROLL TIDE ROLL!
     
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    there is plenty of material in bama, the stuff I listed for the north part plus quartz in the middle, tallahatta quartzite in the south west and coastal plains chert in the south east. trying to figure out the pics...............benji


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    I live in oregon we have plenty of obsidian sharper than scalpels and naturaly heat treated by mother earth
     
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    I would like to know how to do knapping.
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    Flintknapping is pretty easy it just takes some patience to learn, oh and lots of band-aids
     
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    Hello there! I've knapped on and off for around 25 years now. In my earlier years, I was very consistent in learning good techniques, but as I've gotten older, I've developed some bad "tendonitis" in my elbows and forearms. Therefore I just can't do it as much, and I find most of what I do now is smaller pieces that don't take their toll on my arms. I still love to do it and my kit consists of copper and antler tools. I used to find lots of Moline chert in my area, which is quite beautiful, but the grounds that I used to acquire it have now been sold. No access:(
     
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    That sucks man i find mine from native flintknapping grounds
     
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    Can anyone help me price my arrowheads and knives
     
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    I made a point at a flint knapping clinic this weekend. We had a local get together and brought a guy to do a clinic. I learned a lot. This one is quite a bit better than m previous offerings. KIMG1303.jpg
     
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    because im trying to sell arrowheads
     
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    look
     

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    hope its usefull
     

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