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Post by grendel on Mon Dec 12, 2016 4:09 pm

A while back I got interested in the flint tiles made in Brandon. Which were used as wall facings. The last surviving being those made by William Carter and recently saved from destruction in Norfolk. 

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Anyway I decided to have a go at making some. It seemed simple enough, but this is knapping and nothing is straightforward. Anyway after a few experiments and learning the nuances I finally got around to completing the first panel. A very simple one to begin, but now I can do it successfully I've started on some more complex ones. 



Here it is, maybe the first panel made for over a century.

Now I've relearnt the art, I've begun of a some more complex ones. New and old designs. Even a horse. Damn difficult, but my progress so far. I'll try to finish it before the new year.


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Re: Flint Panels

Post by the barnacle on Tue Dec 13, 2016 8:24 pm

they look great - have you set them in concrete? I would love an original brandon tile
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Post by grendel on Wed Dec 14, 2016 2:33 am

Yes, that's concrete.

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Post by mr.hertzian cone on Sun Jan 22, 2017 4:37 pm

Nice work, did you use boppers or steel hammers? I've done some faced flint "bricks" with both and found steel worked better on steep angles.
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Post by grendel on Mon Jan 23, 2017 2:22 pm

Boppers, it's easier. I'm just so used to using them now. I got a Brandon flaking hammer from Ebay about the year ago, but not a knapping one made from a file yet.

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Post by mr.hertzian cone on Mon Jan 23, 2017 5:23 pm

Cool, let's see the hammer! How much does one of them go for these days?
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Post by grendel on Thu Jan 26, 2017 12:41 pm

Here it is, can't remember how much, but I think £15. Someone was selling a bunch of old hammers om Ebay. It was brand new. Had a go at Brandon style flaking, damn difficult. Got some nice flakes though and a hell of a lot of debitage. 


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