|General Knapping Recommendations|
are plenty of sources of information that a beginning flintknapper can
acquire through books, videos, University Archaeology Departments,
Internet homepages and flintknapping forums, like the Tarp.
Therefore, it is not my intention to go into depth here of what
exactly a newbie should do to make that perfect point.
My only goal is to provide a few recommendations that I could have
used when I started. Again,
if there is anything that I missed or that you do not understand, please
do not hesitate to contact me.
Where to Start
In order to save a lot of time and money, the best thing to do would be to purchase the right materials so that you have a starting point. This would include:
Tools – It may be difficult to visualize what is needed, but overtime you will come to associate a tool that is perfect for your size, grip, etc. In fact, the tools I make now are no where close to looking like the one that I first purchased – I adapted it to what works for me. If you do decide to purchase one, make absolutely certain that you get them through a skilled knapper. Others try to sell tools that plain and simply do not work and fall apart.
- The most recommended flintknapping book for someone just starting out is
“The Art of Flint Knapping by D. C.
Waldorf”. It is very
technical, but from a layman’s understanding.
It has many good graphics and instructions. But I am not here to
plug DC, however, a reference source is very important whether it be from
his book, my page or elsewhere.
Videos - Despite DC’s book, and reading it 5 times, I just didn’t get it! This was extremely frustrating and I was too broke to buy a video. Mistake number one. If you can’t make it to knapins and have never seen it done, then a video is the next best thing, and a MUST! The money that I would have saved in wasted stone alone would have paid for a hundred videos. There are plenty of good ones (and bad ones) out there, so ask around before you jump on Ebay and buy the first one that pops up.
Knapping Material - The first thing that a beginner will do is buy as much stone as they can, and the most colourful, expensive stuff at that! Fight the urge to make a pretty rubble pile. This is the best way to work (assuming you have to purchase stone) find glass (beer bottle bottoms, aquariums, etc.) and toilet bowl tanks. Work those for a month or so until you get better and build confidence. Then substitute the glass for obsidian and see how you do. The important thing here is to work upwards and not backwards. Note that in the stones section there are some examples of the types of stone that I have worked.
Now that you got everything that you need, lets move on to some general recommendations.
Pressure Flaking Recommendations
Percussion Flaking Recommendations
Again the most important thing to take off of this site or any knapping book that you will read (other than AAA and PPP) is take your time and have fun. It is very frustrating at times but turn those aggravations into learning tools. After all "repetition is the mother of skill" and before long, you will be showing off dozens of successful points.
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