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Beginner's Attempts

Post by Lumpendoodle on Sat Nov 05, 2011 8:26 pm

Hope the picture turns out alright.

These are my attempts at knapping glass and flint. Give me another 10 years or so and I might get the hang of it. Laughing



Well, it's got me scunnered! I can't get the pictures to load. I'm obviously doing something wrong but not sure what. scratch

http://i1135.photobucket.com/albums/m624/Lumpendoodle/flintknapping4.jpg



Whoohoooo!! Done it! Just don't ask me how. geek

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Post by grendel on Sun Nov 06, 2011 2:23 am

Impressive, I like white flint, I'm really jealous, that looks to be pretty good stuff. They're also way better than my first attempts.

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Post by Lumpendoodle on Sun Nov 06, 2011 7:20 am

Thanks, they're full of the usual beginner's faults, but it is good when the odd one ends up looking like it's meant to look.

As for the white flint, I was at a couple of metal detecting rallys in Yorkshire. Didn't find much, but came back with pockets full if flint. Very Happy

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Post by Elines on Sun Nov 06, 2011 8:19 am

When I have a go I will be more than pleased if I can produce something like that

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Post by skalla on Mon Nov 07, 2011 11:03 pm

i totally agree with grendel, thats really nice work, and you clearly get it already!

i think it's also worth remembering that if you were making these things for hunting/survival, they just gotta be sharp and pointy - the "art" side will come with practice.

at least that what i keep telling my self!

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Post by Lumpendoodle on Tue Nov 08, 2011 8:48 am

Thank folks, appreciate the comments. Embarassed

I do agree with the sharp and pointy view, if it looks nice, that's just a bonus!

Look forward to seeing everyone elses work, we can all learn from each othere here.study

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Post by the barnacle on Fri Dec 09, 2011 6:48 pm

wow they look great - i am still finding it hard to find some good flint,

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Post by Lumpendoodle on Tue Dec 20, 2011 7:43 pm

As to getting good flint, I'm seriously considering a little holiday/flint collecting next year.

I'm thinking of heading to some of the well known flint areas in England, and possibly taking in some of the Hadrians Wall forts and museums on the way back.

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Post by grendel on Wed Dec 21, 2011 2:05 am

Visiting a chalk quarry is an excellent way to get flint. You can fill the boot of your car up for under a tenner.

http://www.cdrex.com/quarrying-of-ornamental-and-building-stone-limestone-gypsum-chalk-and-slate/scotland/2178064

http://www.justcivils.com/quarries_scotland.htm

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Post by Lumpendoodle on Thu Dec 22, 2011 8:27 am

Sadly, we produce chalk, we produce limestone (ancient quarries dotted all over where I live), but only one known flint quarry.

And that's in Aberdeen.santa (and the archies wont allow us to have a rake about:( ).

There are a few harbour areas where flint is abundant (ex ship ballast), but haven't tried it out yet.

So will have to inport it. Good excuse for a holiday though.

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