|1||In a few words:
First I make a drill: a small burin spall inserted in a split wooden stick... Then I use a dihedral burin to make a small scratch on the reindeer sliver so that my drill won't slip. A sort of pre-hole. Rubbing the stick between my palms, I drill both faces, little by little (total duration: 12 minutes). Then I start shaping the needle with a burin...
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|2||In a few words:
To sharpen the needle and work on it I make a burin with a blade.. and the work begins. I then use a wet millstone (sandtone) to polish the needle's head and its body. With a second blade, I make a saw so I can cut one of the sliver's end, then sand it untill it gets sharp. Another little burin work and the needle is finished, ready for sewing.
|Duration: 12:09 Displays: 1474|
|3||In a few words:
As tough as it may be, an antler needle will not go through such a thick piece of leather, so I must make holes first. With a small flake that I retouch so it becomes sharp, it should be easier. The thread I use here is made of sinew fibers. Once the holes are made, it's heasy to sew.
|Duration: 05:25 Displays: 1359|
|4||In a few words:
To make a harpoon we need to break a section of antler in order to detach a slab from it and shape it. First I saw the antler before breaking it with a big hammerstone, then scrape the sides to cut a slab from it, with a dihedral burin. Later on I'll split the antler by inserting a thick flint blade and by hammering on it (not the easiest part !) I should have used deer antlers instead of reindeer antlers for this[...]
|Duration: 03:19 Displays: 2161|
|5||In a few words:
In order to get an oval shape, I saw the extremities of the slab. The saw is obtained by making serrations on a flint blade (it works GREAT !). I've chosen a cortical blade so as not to cut myself. Then I grind the slab on a wet sandstone... I should have used deer antlers instead of reindeer antlers for this experimentation because there weren't any reindeers in south of France during the azilian.
|Duration: 03:01 Displays: 1873|
|6||In a few words:
The outline of the harpoon is now correct, so I trace the barbs with a pen, then cut them with a flint saw, on each face. Later on I'll scrape the cuts with a dihedral burin. In order to get a perfect sharpness of the barbs, I'll scrape them with a small burin. The final step will be the drilling of an oval hole, near the base of the harpoon. The full operating chain of this harpoon can be seen in the TECHNIQUES[...]
|Duration: 04:04 Displays: 2116|