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Knapping day

Post by the barnacle on Sun Apr 14, 2013 5:40 pm

I am thinking of booking a day this summer with Will lord for a days knapping as a few on hee have said it is well worth the days to hone your skills - as i have no skills i can only see it as a good thing.

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Re: Knapping day

Post by the barnacle on Mon May 13, 2013 4:13 pm

I have just mailed will lord about knapping as I hope to join him soon - if I go I will take the camera.Very Happy

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Post by grendel on Mon May 13, 2013 10:09 pm

Sounds good, first time I had a knapping lesson I took home loads of nodules, got them home and turned them to rubble trying to spall them. Too late I realised it would have been better to spall them while at the lesson with help, I could have spent the last hour of the class spalling, took piles of spalls home and had ready made knapping material for a year to come.

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Re: Knapping day

Post by mr.hertzian cone on Tue May 14, 2013 12:25 am

This is good advice, book the day and absooorb everything, it will last you a lifetime, and make sure you get some good chunks of flint to take home to practice on the same material as you have observed, I think Will has access to the good gun flint black stuff from Brandon(much better than the flint I have). He makes a living from what we take as a hobby, so he will give you the best advice going.
He may also make you skin a deer with flint too! Shocked

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Post by grendel on Tue May 14, 2013 12:42 am

That Cromer flint you got, how does it compare to Bernie's?

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Post by mr.hertzian cone on Wed May 15, 2013 9:15 pm

Ahh, bernie's is much better, It hasn't been chucked against other rocks repeatedly by the waves! and his flint is still "wet" from the chalk.
To be honest the beach flint is frustrating, I often find little splits in the middle where the stone has started to frost fracture although it rings nicely with a tap with another pebble.
I wasn't overly impessed with the flint I first got from Bernie but that was really down to selection on my part (being in a rush and only getting two lumps), I have been back and the flint I got the second time was brilliant, and better colours too...

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Re: Knapping day

Post by the barnacle on Fri May 17, 2013 3:41 pm

I wouldn't mind a trip to see Bernie myself, perhaps on day we could have a knap at bernies day.

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Re: Knapping day

Post by grendel on Fri May 17, 2013 8:32 pm

I was planning on going there sometime next week to resupply, but I don't know if he would let us knap there. Is there a public location nearby, picnic area or something?

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Post by the barnacle on Sat May 18, 2013 7:19 am

Grendel wrote:I was planning on going there sometime next week to resupply, but I don't know if he would let us knap there. Is there a public location nearby, picnic area or something?

I am sure there would be a close spot to knap - not sure if I can make a trip next week as i am working away, how often do you go?

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Re: Knapping day

Post by grendel on Sat May 18, 2013 12:43 pm

Only once or twice a year, unfortunately, however if you're ever in London I have a garden full of flint.

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Re: Knapping day

Post by the barnacle on Sat May 18, 2013 12:50 pm

I do have to go to London to work once in a while so might have to pop in for a coffee.

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