Discussion in 'Primitive Tools' started by Mr.Black, Sep 29, 2013.
I see notchers and whats the needle like antler? Prettyy fine for a PF.
The pointy thing with the lanyard is an awl; it's a tool I use a lot for basketry, and I especially like antler ones for their light weight. I just finished up this bone needle using all stone tools, too.
The antler tool on the left side, just in front of the hammerstone in the first pic is a combination pressure flaker/notcher; just an antler tine shaped sort of like a small, dull chisel. I do a lot more percussion than PF work, in general.
My usual disclaimer about knapping is that I knap like a caveman, and not the Cro-Magnon kind, either...a literally subhuman level of skill, lol . Most of the stone tools I make are pretty crude, but they work fine for cutting stuff, which is the fun part as far as I'm concerned.
Idk you say sub human but that obsidian point and grey triangle look pretty refined. Really nice man. I love knapping. Gotta get back on the horse I been slacking lately
Stretching the definition of "tools" a bit, but here's a crude kneeling pad made from strips of maple bark.
First attempt at a primitive fishing kit.
I don't know if these hooks would be sturdy enough to pull in a fish that was big enough to fit them into its mouth, but it will be fun trying to find out.
I made a couple of smaller hooks today. These are much more likely to fit into the mouth of a small trout or bluegill.
Look at all those awesome fibers!
Bone pendant and thistle whistle..
I got to try out the fishing kit today. It took close to four hours and dozens of lost fish before I landed one, but I haven't been this happy about catching a fish in a long time.
awesome !!! well done amigo anything caught on primitive tackle is a trophy for sure.
Neat, a true sportsman! Barbless hooks. Glad it worked. That would be fun to try for sure.
Inspired by @NWPrimate 's post above, I made this primitive fishing rig using stone tools...a braided dogbane leader, with a soapstone sinker and a bone gorge hook tied/pitch glued on the end. I'll attach another, longer yucca cord as the main line. By the way, I now always think of 3-strand braided cordage as "NWPrimate-style", lol.
In use, the bait slides on from the end and holds the gorge parallel to the cord...when the upper point digs in, it toggles sideways and jams in the fish's throat. I had some success fishing with steel versions of these as a kid, and I'm looking forward to testing this one out!
Very cool! Nice work!
Dabling in primitive hook making is next on my list.
It looks like the thorn got soft after prolonged water exposure....how long did they last/stay effective once you used them?
That still blows my mind that some kind of salmonids live in that murky pond!
Soaking in the water might have played a role, but I did notice that the hook failed after having a fish on for a couple of seconds that I eventually lost, so I'm not sure if it just broke from the stress, or if it got soft.
This pond is separated from a river by a couple of hundred yards of wetland, so I suspect that they either have a route in and out, or get stuck by flood waters. I want to try a gorge hook next, but don't like the idea of gut hooking baby salmonids, so I need to find a new body of water with catfish, perch, bass or other introduced species.
I have a rabbit leg bone I've been saving for a couple of gorge hooks. Rabbit bones are strong and super sharp when broken. I always thought they'd make a good hook. Gluttonous panfish seem to be the perfect volunteers to test such experiments.
It recently occurred to me that a gorge hook works on exactly the same principle as getting a fish bone caught in your throat. Turnabout = fair play?
This is a handmade spear I made for my father. Everything was carved out with the same folding knife he gave me the year before. The obsidian head is purchased.
A work in progress but I haven't been at it in awhile...
Hello everyone, here is a small club I made. I live by a brownstone quarry, so the head is made of brownstone...not the hardest of materials but it was crafted as more of a mental/skills excercise...the head is placed into a cavity that I carved into the shaft and held in with pine pitch resin. The handle has holes bored thru for the leather gripping. Thanks for looking.