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Beaker Style point

Post by mjflinty on Sat Jan 14, 2012 10:57 pm

Hello all,

Thought I would post one of my recent Beaker style point replicas. It is made from Grand-Pressigny flint from France.


I made quite a few of these when I was at Uni in Exeter. I collected flint from Beer and used the local Greensand orthoquartzite for most of my replicas. I'll have to post some of those soon.

It'd be great to see some of the other forum members replicas of this type. Anyone try their hand at them?

Cheers,
Michael

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Re: Beaker Style point

Post by grendel on Sun Jan 15, 2012 3:51 am

Hi, welcome to the forum.

Beautiful point and some superb notching, way better than me. Also I've always wanted to get my hands on some French flint, that dark brown stuff looks amazing.

I'm also getting into French knapping at the moment. Some superb work by Bernhard Ginelli, especially his Charavines knives. I saw a vid of him making them. His Levallois is something too, I wouldn't mind learning to do it.

Funny you should mention posting our replications today, I made this post a while back about British Barbed and Tanged arrowheads,

http://uk-knapping.forumotion.co.uk/t57-british-knapping

and when I finally got hold of some flint intended to try and become competant at making them. Got some flint a couple of weeks ago and only yesterday made my first attempt.



Couple of basic errors, left pic, by the tip is an isolated ridge, ok in the middle of a wide piece but inexcusable so close to the tip. Also didn't thin one side of the base enough (right side right pic) so when I shot the thinning flakes up from the base for the notches, this one didn't travel far enough. On the other side I could have pushed the notch much further.

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Re: Beaker Style point

Post by mjflinty on Sun Jan 15, 2012 2:57 pm

Thanks for the welcome and good words about my work.

Your replica looks pretty good. The best tip I can give you on notching is to be aggressive; as long as the platform is correct you should be able to remove crescent moon shaped flakes with pressure. It's important that they not crush at all inside the notch or you lose the energy needed to detach a good sized notching flake and without those... you get thick quick and stall the notch.

Cheers,
Michael

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Re: Beaker Style point

Post by Lumpendoodle on Sun Jan 15, 2012 10:39 pm

That is a very nice piece of knapped flint.

The colour and translucent quality of the flint is just stonking! (technical term for bloomin' lovely)Laughing

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Re: Beaker Style point

Post by the barnacle on Wed Jan 18, 2012 5:34 pm

very nice knapping.

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Re: Beaker Style point

Post by skalla on Thu Apr 05, 2012 5:28 pm

thats some nice work, one of these was found in the roots of a radish harvested by a colleague at the farm i sometimes work on in Kinver, Staffs. it was a nice piece of synchronicity as it happened a week or so after i started knapping with some students there.. i have a photo, sadly from a crappy phone and i've had some trouble scaling it down so it's a bit skewiff- i'll try to get a better one asap



it turned out there there was another site very nearby with flint scatters, and was possibly a production site for arrowheads etc.

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Re: Beaker Style point

Post by grendel on Fri Apr 06, 2012 7:05 am

I'm jealous, that's a beautiful barbed and tanged your friend found, it's quite rare to find them that quality and with both ears on tact.

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Re: Beaker Style point

Post by mr.hertzian cone on Thu May 03, 2012 9:21 pm

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Appologies for the poor photo, but here is three barbed and tanged lovelies for oogling, the middle one was a piece of flint found in a field and it was white all the way through and flaked with worrying ease, I think it was heated sometime, possably it was part of a chimney in the distant past?

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Re: Beaker Style point

Post by grendel on Fri May 04, 2012 2:19 am

Very nice, that one on the right looks as if it's from the wessex burial.

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Re: Beaker Style point

Post by skalla on Sat May 05, 2012 9:45 pm

they are very nice indeed, i aspire to work like that!

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