Hand Drilled Stone Pendant

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  1. Ivan

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    I made this primitive shale stone pendant of a naturally shaped beach pebble. I drilled the hole using flakes of stone, also found on the beach. My pendant is very similar to the mysterious ancient Star Carr pendant. We can only guess the meaning of the engraved pattern on the Star Carr pendant. Mine simply represents a beach pebble souvenir. Although, I suppose I could use it as a fishing line sinker:)
     
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    That is very cool! How long do you think you spent drilling away at it? I've been having fun putting holes in my local slate lately; and have been surprised how quickly I can get through it.

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    I use a similar technique for making bow drill bearings. I center the divot and stop half way through.
     
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    Thanks. Wow, you are a real primitive fisherman! My stone is a bit harder than slate I have worked with, but drills easily enough if you can find a good hard sharp flake of flint/chert. I worked on this piece less than an hour. Took awhile because that pictured flake I used was not so good. Still, it turned out perfect.
    Me too. I have made many; love them.
     
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    Had to look that one up :)

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    That's just a poser shot. I've made a couple of slate hooks, but haven't tried them yet. I was really excited to catch a little trout on a thorn hook last summer though!

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    I like that. Ever since I saw Ray Mears' video of using thorns and tide changes to catch flatfish, I've wanted to try this. Nice work!
     
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    As always very good skills Ivan and NW
     
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    I made another, more triangular shaped like the Star Carr Pendant. Shot this photo with two more hand drilled items of the same shale stone: cinch bead and bowdrill socket.
    ~Ivan Snyder
     
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    Very nice:)
    What did ancient Americans use to drill the long, small holes in platform pipes?
     
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    A platform pipe would be much more difficult; I'm not sure. I’ve seen examples of simple old Indio pipes in local collections. I could see that something like an arrow was used to drill them. Also I have seen drill points themselves: modified arrowheads. I drilled my pictured bead with such an arrow-like tool; spinning between my palms as my avatar demonstrates.
     
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    A friend recently found this tiny shale stone bead at an archaeological site in my area. I know from experience that making this took great skill.
     
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    Here is a photo showing two soapstone beads in the Thomas Tower collection of Indian artifacts on exhibit in the Point Vicente Interpretive Center, Rancho Palos Verdes California. These were found at nearby famous archaeological site at Malaga Cove in the 1940s.
     

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