some hardstone tools ive made

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  1. onewiththewild

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    heres some stuff ive made over the past year or so,ive probably posted some of these before.all of them are handmade with no modern tools.just pecked,ground,scraped and sanded woods pics and stone tools 023.jpg left to right, my bearing block with soapstone talc dust mashed in,the chlorite bowl i made a while ago,3 knobbed plummets,bottom row, an argillite axe, a small rhyolite full grooved axe,and a felsite adze.
     
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    sorry, i posted some twice by accident! the edges on the blades are alot sharper than the pic's make em" seem too!
     
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    Great work, very cool
     
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    oh ya, what you cant see in the pics is these all have my initials either scratched or permant markered on them.
     
  6. Medicine maker

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    Wow those are beautiful! Did they take you long?
     
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    some of them yes.the bowl took a couple days but the felsite adze took forever! i worked on it in bursts, cant say exactly how long it took cause i didnt keep track but it was over a month from the time i found the stone to when i completed it. if i find the right stone i can bust out a plummet in about an hour, and the axes took about an hour or two each.thanks!
     
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    How does that soapstone work as a bearing block?

    Tell me about using soapstone for a bearing block. I've got some, but was stalling making it into a bearing block due to concerns it would just drill through and I would have a giant bead.
     
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    actually the bearing block is made of granite, i mashed soapstone dust (its mostly talc) into the divot area to make my spindle work easier.works good too!
     
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    I would assume the talc dust helps greatly reduce friction, therefore leading to the longevity of the bearing block.
     
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    actually it saves the spindle! before i put the dust in it kept sanding down the top of the spindle while in use, the rock is solid and isnt effected at all.
     
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    Nice work. Can you post some pics using your tools?
     
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    A little caveman build a long would be cool. Great work. It would also be nice to see them in action.
     
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    Really interesting and impressive stuff as always. have you ever thought of doing some tutorials, starting with what to look for in materials? You could start a Paleo-Bushclass series! Seriously, I think I am not the only one who would be interested in this. I know it takes a lot of time, but you don't seem to mind spending time on certain things.
     
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    wow! thanks for all the support guys! as some of you may know im an avid N.A. artifact hunter, i spend alot of time walking the shore line here in R.I. searching for stuff,and i always got my eyes open for usable material. when i find an artifact i usually take a picture of it as is, called an "in-situ" so next time i find a usable rock i'll take some pics to show you guys what to look for. it helps to have the ability to "see" whats in the rock before you start working on it, im sure you kuksa and spoon carvers know what im talking about. but anyways, ya! i'll try and take some pics of the tools in action, i'll have to haft the axe and adze first,and i'll take pictures as i do,thanks again for the encouragement everyone! and good ideas pastor chris!
     
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    Many a folk would love this.
     
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    bow drill 003.jpg the set is all white cedar,my granite palmstone and a white maple bow.
     
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    Really nice work there. I love this stuff.
     
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    thanks man, ya ive noticed your into the primitive ways as well, very cool. if you want any tips on primitive stuff,or have any to share yourself, feel free to post em" up! i like learning and teaching.:D
     
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    Any plans to haft those axes?
     
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    lol,yah,if i ever get around to it! ive been pretty busy lately, but its on my free time to-do list.whenever im out hiking i got my eyes open for suitable pieces of wood though.i'll keep ya's posted!
     
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    Man I really enjoy your posts! Thanks! Really great work!!

    Yes a +1 on you doing a build along post! When you have time.
     
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    You do nice work!!!!

    What primitive tool would have been used to peck the chlorite bowl shown in the original photo, first post? What tool did you use?
     
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    around here they would have used quartz cobbles with pointed ends to bust out the bulk of the work,then they would use smaller pointed quartz "end picks" to do the finer work,then they'd use knapped scrapers to finally smooth out and shave it down to size. i did the same,lol. extra jays photos 102.jpg this is a quartz tool i found in the brook next to the actual N.A. quarry site,i used it to do alot of the pecking on the inside of the bowl before i scraped it down.
     
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    Excellent info, thank you very much. Photos in the background very helpful! Your quartz tool found in the brook must have been an adrenalin pumper :)
     
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    I'm always looking to expand my library, do you have a list of you favorite books for someone looking to learn more about this skill?
     
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    sure! the book that taught me alot (and is the one pictured) is " the new england indians" by c.keith wilbur. its chock full of detailed sketches and descriptions of the tools and everyday items used here in N.E. by the N.A.'s. another one i like is "Survival skills of the north american indian" by peter goodchild. and another is " Making N.A. hunting,fighting,and survival tools" by monte burch. its a pretty good general book with some good tips. Im also an Advisor on arrowheads.com so i get to see authentic examples of alot of actual artifacts all the time, doing so helps me visualize how these tools were made and used.
     
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    my axe 001.jpg my axe 004.jpg my axe 008.jpg my axe 010.jpg i finally hafted the axe head.the handle is red cedar and its set in with pitch resin.
     
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    my axe 011.jpg my axe 012.jpg my axe 013.jpg im not quite done with this yet, but heres a Slate Ulu ive been workin' on.
     
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    Man you do some nice work. I don't know if I have patience to pick away at rock for hours. Though there's a shop in town who is willing to trade a flintknapping class for some soaproot bulbs, so we'll see.
     
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    axes and stuff 007.jpg axes and stuff 008.jpg axes and stuff 010.jpg i finished up my Adze too. i took a patch of raw hide i made and wrapped it around the stone,then i (cheated,lol) and wrapped it up with simulated sinew,then i wrapped more wet raw hide over it really tight and let it dry, its solid and dont wobble at all in the haft. i tried it out quick on a section of log i got and it held up great, i'll post better pic's when i actually put it to real use.
     
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    axes and stuff 013.jpg axes and stuff 014.jpg and not that it needed it, but i wrapped wet rawhide around the head on my small axe, more just for looks but i figure it'll protecet the pitch resin some from bad swings.
     
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    axes and stuff 015.jpg axes and stuff 016.jpg axes and stuff 017.jpg heres the argillite axe finally hafted too.this one i only used wet rawhide on.
     
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    axes and stuff 018.jpg glamour shot of the three,lol.and the pelt underneath is a salvaged roadkill woodchuck i tanned.
     
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    How did you put the holes in the handles?
     
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    i carved them out and kept checking the fit.
     
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    I wish I had the time to work with stone tools, would love to try and make a couple. I have made arrowheads before from obsidian but not much more than that.
     
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    Was this green or dry? I'd imagine green.
     
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    actually they were all dry. the Celt handle used to be the top of a walking stick i had made, the Axe was just a rough stick i took a rasp to, and the Adze was gonna be a small warclub that i changed my mind about. i used a metal hand gouge to carve out the holes.first i drilled a little hole thru them as a guide, then i carved em" out most of the way from the front's,then i carved from the backside till it all fit nice and even. thanks for your interest!
     
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    Very nice thanks for the elaboration. This has defnitely inspired me to work on one as well.
     
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    right on ! and thanks again! im glad to inspire people. please post up some pic's when you do!
     
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    heres some more pecked, full grooved weights i recently made. DSC02083.jpg DSC02086.jpg DSC02091.jpg DSC02090.jpg and this took a little bit of work but came out pretty good, its a mid-sized Celt. i havent made a handle for it yet but i'll post it up when i do.
     
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    heres a chunk of rock i found along the bay last week.it seemed a good shape so i decided to take it home and make it into a small axe.i roughed it out on a block of concrete,then i used some files and finally a sanding block to clean it up. DSC02065.jpg DSC02071.jpg DSC02096.jpg DSC02097.jpg
     
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    DSC02076.jpg DSC02078.jpg well, technically not a hardstone,lol. but this is a steatite arrowshaft straightener i made. steatite is a fancy word for soapstone. some native american tribes made and used this kind of tool to work the kinks out of arrow shafts and to heat harden them. the stone is heated in a fire prior to use.
     
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    DSC02136.jpg DSC02137.jpg DSC02139.jpg heres another little celt or axe i ground out a few nights ago.
     
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    Hows the use wear been on these tools?
     

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