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401: Azilian harpoon. This thick flint blade was roughly worked so it could be turned into a saw. I regularly pour water in order to soften the reindeer antler.
402: Azilian harpoon. The reindeer antler was hammered and broken with a stone. the middle part is the one that will give me a flat tablet to carve.
403: Azilian harpoon. This reindeer antler has an oval section, I scrape one of its sides with a small dihedral burin. I have to reach the marrow (4mm deep)
404: Azilian harpoon. Detaching of a reindeer tablet. Side scraping goes along. I pour water on it so it gets soaked and softens.
405: Azilian harpoon. Detaching of a tablet from the reindeer antler. The side scratch is 2mm deep but the marrow is not reached yet.
406: Azilian harpoon. Splitting a tablet from a reindeer antler. Detail of the side scratchings
407: Azilian harpoon. I have inserted a thick blade in the reindeer antler section. The tip of the blade was worked into a scraper while the other end was broken. This creates a striking platform. Being hHammered with a massive boxwood block, the blade splits the antler.
408: Azilian harpoon. A few more blows and the two tablets will split. 2,5 hours since beginning and I'm far from finished.
409: Azilian harpoon. The outline of the harpoon has been drawn into an oval shape with a pen. I could have used scratches instead of a pen for more realism, but since I'm not good at drawing, I may have to erase and redraw the outline.
410: Azilian harpoon. The corners of the reindeer tablet have been sawn and it is not rectangular anymore... but still not oval !
411: Azilian harpoon. Alternatively sawing on each face I set the first barb free. The saw blade is oriented towards the harpoon base so that its rougher face scratches the back of the next barb.
412: Azilien harpoon. After the saw I use a dihedral burin to scratch the back of a lower barb in order to set the upper one free.
413: Azilian harpoon. Little by little, the dihedral burin takes tiny bits off the harpoon and manages to get under the first barb to set it out
414: Azilian harpoon with two barbs already made
415: Azilian harpoon: the third barb is being worked
416: Azilian harpoon. The third barb is out. One more to go !
417: Azilian harpoon. Shaping of the fourth barb: saw, burin, saw, scraping... The little marrow that's left doesn't look very nice, but as long as this harpoon is functionnal, who cares ?
418: The azilian harpoon is almost finished. The fourth barb still has to be scraped but we are almost done. The dihedral burin was resharpened several time but it still works
419: Azilian harpoon. The fourth barb is finally finished !!! 6 hours of work to get there
420: The base of the azilian harpoon is too sharp to be used... the outline of the desired shaped was drawn with a pen and will be scraped with a burin
421: Azilian harpoon: the base is not perfectly symmetrical, but who cares ! Final step is drilling the base to make a hole in it
422: Azilian harpoon: deepening of a scratch on its base in order to drill, from both faces, a conical hole
423: hazilian harpoon. Drilling of the base with a micro dihedral burin
424: Azilian harpoon. Drilling / boring on the internal face. Within a few minutes the hole is drilled. It will be later widen by scraping with a dihedral burin
425: Finished azilian harpoon. It is 12 cm long, 3 cm wide and 4 mm thick on its base. Top face view