|1||In a few words:
The first pictures show the core from which I'll drive the blades off. This bipolar nucleus allows short blades to come off the core before they get convex. I chose a straight double ridged blade and I started retouching one of its sides with a hard hammerstone on an anvil (boxwood). The point will get stronger due to its trapezoid section. On the second part (see next video), I'll make a finer retouch by pressure[...]
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|2||In a few words:
On a raw blade, I create two slight convexities converging on the the point. This is mostly aimed to reduce the tool's width. A first blow leaves a flat surface with 90° angles. Here is a burin, very efficient for scraping soft materials (bone, antler, wood). A second blow creates a second burin on the other face of the blade, but also a a chisel point, very efficient to cut out slivers from a bone or an antler[...]
|Duration: 04:21 Displays: 1177|
|3||In a few words:
Is it easier or not to use sawed slabs for making flint blades or points ? In my opinion it isn't. Working on those slabs requires greater efforts than knapping a spall. Flint loves convexity and the surfaces are here flat ! The positive point is that a flint nodule will give more preforms if sawn rather than spalled... but I still prefer knapping a spall with an antler billet.
|Duration: 05:34 Displays: 3912|
|4||In a few words:
The handle is made out of an antler. First I need to drill a hole in the for the blade tang. Then I have to create two deep cuts on the handle edges so that the shoulders of the blade can rest in them. Hafting of the blade will require a pine-tree pitch & beeswax glue.
|Duration: 07:38 Displays: 3213|
|5||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: 1379|
|6||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: 1497|
|7||In a few words:
Now that the blade has a backed side, I'm using a pressure flaker made of an antler tip. With this tool I can make a more regular side, driving small and porecise flakes off the side of the point. The whole pressure flaking was not filmed because it wasn't very fascinating....
|Duration: 00:42 Displays: 1840|
|8||In a few words:
I start working on this 10 cm long flint blade with a hard hammerstone (not filmed), then, with an antler pressure flaker I start flaking the top side of this blade. this top side should later on bear no trace of debitage, so the flakes have to be realy covering. Once it has become necessary to sharpen my flaker, I make a burin, shape the point of my flaker, and go back to pressure flaking this solutrean shouldered[...]
|Duration: 16:35 Displays: 1972|
|9||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: 1908|
|10||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: 2208|
Fare well pal....