Friday, May 20, 2011

What Can You Make With Your Introductory Knapping Kit?








One Dozen Chips Of Stone?








One Dozen* Finished Stone Arrowheads.

For those curious souls who have always wondered how ancient peoples made their stone tools and weapons.  Now you can learn how to make these unique and challenging items using the same kinds of stone and techniques.  And you can learn the 6 basic steps in an hour or two.

Everything you need is included in the "Beginner's Flint Knapping Kit" from http://www.arrowhead-maker.com/ and from http://www.stonebreaker-fsc.net/ :
  • Complete, photo-illustrated instructions in the brochure "How To Make Your Own ARROWHEAD";
  • 18 flint and obsidian chips or pieces the right size for making arrowheads;
  • Copper-tipped and deer antler tine pressure flaking tools;
  • Cowhide leather hand pad for protection and support while you are working on the stone pieces.
  • All of these, plus a special bonus for our new arrowhead makers -- a modern-made arrowhead to show you what can be made with the materials in the kit -- is included free of charge.
You can order the "Beginner's Flint Knapping Kit" to start making your own stone arrowheads by clicking on the Order Button at the linked web page, for just $29.95, plus $7.20 Priority Mail shipping and handling.

*Eighteen pieces of stone are included in the "Beginner's Flint Knapping Kit"; however, there are no guarantees that you will not break any of your new points during the knapping process.  In fact, it is quite likely, as shown in the photos, with 12 attempted arrowheads made from 12 chips of stone, as in your "Beginner's Flint Knapping Kit".  You will note that a few (2) are broken!  That is all part of the learning process.  And part of what makes successful efforts so rewarding.  (The kit now comes with 18 pieces of obsidian and flint for making arrowheads.)

Click this following link to to go the order page where you can order your "Beginner's Flint Knapping Kit":

http://www.Arrowhead-Maker.com/18-pieces-to-make-arrowheads-kit.html

F. Scott Crawford
Carrollton, Texas
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You are invited to visit my web site for more background information and photographs related to the making of arrowheads: http://www.arrowhead-makeyourown.com/
For fully photo-illustrated process information related to the making of an obsidian Gunther style arrowhead, plus photographs of a number of ancient and authentic Gunther type arrowheads, you are invited to visit my other web site: http://www.arrowhead-maker.com/
To subscribe to the monthly e-magazine "Arrowhead Collecting On The Web" visit my web site: http://www.arrowheadcollectingontheweb.com/

Friday, February 18, 2011

"2010 ACOTW Bound Collection" is now available with all twelve editions of "Arrowhead Collecting On The Web" for 2010.

Here we are in 2011.  This is a notice that you have the opportunity this year to order a spiral-bound collection of all twelve monthly issues of the e-magazine "Arrowhead Collecting On The Web" from 2010.

The "2010 ACOTW Bound Collection" includes over 210 printed pages, plus protective plastic cover sheets, front and back.  Each copy has a customized cover page with your name, or if you prefer, the name of a gift recipient. You can specify this with your order. 

Your copy "2010 ACOTW Bound Collection" is just $49.95, plus $7.50 Priority Mail shipping. To order, simply click on this secure PayPal link:


To order more than one copy, you can indicate your required quantity during the secure PayPal ordering process. 

Thank you for reading "Arrowhead Collecting On The Web".  I hope you are able to take advantage of this special offer to order the complete hard copy "2010 ACOTW Bound Collection" including every monthly issue from the second year of your internet e-magazine.

Sincerely,

F. Scott Crawford
Publisher, "Arrowhead Collecting On The Web"

 
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You are invited to visit my web site for more background information and photographs related to the making of arrowheads: http://www.arrowhead-makeyourown.com/ For fully photo-illustrated process information related to the making of an obsidian Gunther style arrowhead, plus photographs of a number of ancient and authentic Gunther type arrowheads, you are invited to visit my other web site: http://www.arrowhead-maker.com/

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

How To Make Your Own Arrowheads ~ Small Point Pressure Flaking ~ Watch the Video!

You can now watch a video of the complete steps to making a small dacite arrowhead, showing the same processes illustrated in the brochure:

How To Make Your Own Arrowheads
~ Small Point Pressure Flaking ~

To watch this new video, click on this link:


The video takes about four minutes to completely illustrate the many steps in making a stone arrowhead. It will provide you a good, thorough visual review of the entire process from the initial chip of dacite all the way to the final sharpening of the finished arrowhead. To save the file to your computer for future viewing, simply right click on the link above, then select "Save Target As" and select a folder on your computer.

F. Scott Crawford
Carrollton, Texas
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You are invited to visit my web site for more background information and photographs related to the making of arrowheads: http://www.arrowhead-makeyourown.com/

For fully photo-illustrated process information related to the making of an obsidian Gunther style arrowhead, plus photographs of a number of ancient and authentic Gunther type arrowheads, you are invited to visit my other web site:
http://www.arrowhead-maker.com/

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Introducing the Collector's Annual "2009 ACOTW Bound Collection" from "Arrowhead Collecting On The Web"

Greetings from "Arrowhead Collecting On The Web", the monthly eMagazine.

I am pleased to make available to our subscribers and readers a spiral-bound hard copy collection of all of the monthly issues from 2009.

It is a color printed copy of each of the first 8 monthly editions of "Arrowhead Collecting On the Web"; from the Premiere Edition in May 2009 up to and including the December 2009 Edition..

The "2009 ACOTW Bound Collection" is printed on both sides of the paper, so the bound book includes over 128 printed pages all together, plus protective plastic cover sheets, front and back.

Each copy comes with a customized cover page with your name, or if you prefer, the name of a gift recipient. You can specify this with your order.

Each "2009 ACOTW Bound Collection" is just $39.95, plus $4.95 shipping. To order, simply click on this secure PayPal link:

Click This Order Link for 2009 ACOTW Bound Collection through PayPal

To order more than one copy through PayPal, simply click again on the secure PayPal link, for each additional "2009 ACOTW Bound Collection" which you need.

I hope you are able to take advantage of this special offer to order a complete hard copy "2009 ACOTW Bound Collection" including each monthly issue from this first year of your internet eMagazine "Arrowhead Collecting On The Web".

Sincerely,

F. Scott Crawford

Publisher, "Arrowhead Collecting On The Web"

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You are invited to visit my web site for more background information and photographs related to the making of arrowheads: www.Arrowhead-MakeYourOwn.com

For fully photo-illustrated process information related to the making of an obsidian Gunther style arrowhead, plus photographs of a number of ancient and authentic Gunther type arrowheads, you are invited to visit my other web site: www.Arrowhead-Maker.com

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Use of Hammer Stone & Soft Hammer Percussion To Create Chips From Large Pieces Of Obsidian (or Flint or Chert)

Some folks have asked about percussion knapping and making small pieces (chips) for making arrowheads from large chunks of knappable stone, such as obsidian.

Once you have a local source of obsidian, then it is useful to have some kind of appropriate hammer device with which to break small pieces off of large pieces. You could use the old type tool, the hammer stone. Get a nice round river rock of granite or some other hard type stone. If it is heavy enough for its size, mass is important for this activity, then you can use it to break corners off of large pieces of obsidian.

Do not try to hit against a flat face on the target stone. Any fracture will initiate going into the mass of the stone, and only create cracks inside the chunk, not break off small pieces which are usable. Instead hit near a corner, and aim the fracture to follow along a ridge or edge on the surface.

Always wear leather gloves, and support the target stone on the ground, or on a thick leather pad. Also wear safety glasses, as small chips will fly.

A modern alternative to the hammer stone is to use a copper billet. I use a copper rod, 3/4" in diameter, by about 5 or 6 inches long. The end is rounded off by impacts. This is heavy enough, yet the metal is soft so it won't crush the target stone.

If you use a steel hammer it will just crush the natural glass.

The idea is to control the fracture. Obsidian naturally fractures in a cone shape, just like glass. If you have ever seen a hole in a thick glass window pane made by a BB, then you will know what I mean by a cone. The fracture radiates out from the point of impact at about 70 degrees away from the line of impact force.

The key is to align this fracture plane just under the face of the piece of stone which you are trying to break. That way the fracture plane travels just inside the stone and travels a good ways as it breaks. This can give you a nice long chip. Remember, you are in control of the stone, so you can tilt it to align the angles the way you want it to break. Practice hitting the stone in the same way or direction most of the time. Then you can modify the breaking angle by tilting the target stone, not changing your swing of the tool.

It takes practice to develop a feel for the angles and the direction of fracture.

I would suggest getting a couple of chunks and just breaking away at it to get the feel for the directions and force needed.

Good luck, and always utilize the safety gear.

F. Scott Crawford
Carrollton, Texas



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You are invited to visit my web site for more background information and photographs related to the making of arrowheads: http://www.arrowhead-makeyourown.com/

For fully photo-illustrated process information related to the making of an obsidian Gunther style arrowhead, plus photographs of a number of ancient and authentic Gunther type arrowheads, you are invited to visit my other web site: http://www.arrowhead-maker.com/

Saturday, October 10, 2009

Now Available: an iGoogle Gadget showing Clovis Point percussion knapping

One of the fascinating projects to which flint knappers of all skills pay attention is to the making of Clovis Points.

I have heard from several new knappers who are eager to try their hand at this particular ancient style of making a spear head.

For those of you who have an interest along this specific line, a few summers back I made a series of photographs of a highly skilled percussion knapper as he worked on a large obsidian Clovis spear point. This took place at a Knapping Workshop at Glass Buttes in eastern Oregon.

These photos have been linked together for your viewing in an internet device called a "gadget" which can be placed on your home page.

This is a link to this new Google Gadget which you can load on your Google home page if you are interested in making Clovis Points or other flint knapping projects: Mikey Makes A Clovis Point

See Mike Make A Clovis Point

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Here is what iGoogle says about this gadget and how to use it:

Your friend has created something special for you to see every day on Google. The gadget will be available on your own iGoogle page. To go with this new gadget, you can also personalize your iGoogle page with the stuff you like. Your friend's gadget will change from one day to the next, so visit iGoogle daily to see what's new!

You can get back to your iGoogle page by visiting Google and clicking the iGoogle link in the upper right hand corner.

Want to share a message or photos with a friend every day? Then sign in to iGoogle and create a gadget of your own to send to friends.

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Thanks for participating in flint knapping and arrowhead making projects with us. Once in a while, I will be creating additional "gadgets" such as this one, with a new series of related photographs which will be of interest to flint knapping enthusiasts. For instance, I have already created the next gadget about Clovis Points to show the completion of the sequence started in this first gadget: Mikey Makes A Clovis Point. It will be available in a week or so.

Sincerely,
F. Scott Crawford
www.Arrowhead-Maker.com
www.ArrowheadCollectingOnTheWeb.com

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You are invited to visit my web site for more background information and photographs related to the making of arrowheads: www.Arrowhead-MakeYourOwn.com

For fully photo-illustrated process information related to the making of an obsidian Gunther style arrowhead, plus photographs of a number of ancient and authentic Gunther type arrowheads, you are invited to visit my other web site: www.Arrowhead-Maker.com

Friday, September 25, 2009

How To Make Your Own Arrowheads ~ Small Point Pressure Flaking ~

I am pleased to make available to you another in our series of publications, a new brochure about making arrowheads: "How To Make Your Own Arrowheads ~ Small Point Pressure Flaking ~ "

This publication was produced in response to a request from several new knappers for guidance on making and thinning small size arrowheads.

So, in creating these instructional materials, while demonstrating methods of careful edge preparation and advanced pressure flaking techniques to make and thin small arrowheads, I asked my step-daughter to work with me to create a number of photographs of each step. All of this information was then used to put together this new brochure.

Here is a link to download the pdf brochure for your use: SMALL POINT PRESSURE FLAKING

This electronic publication is in an 11" x 17" format, with 10 different page layouts. You are welcome to use it as a reference and instruction aid for your personal knapping efforts.

If you want to order a hard copy of this new brochure, for $14.95 plus $1.25 first class postage, simply send me an email and I will return a Paypal request for payment to you and then prepare your copy for mailing. The email address to use is: fscottcrawford@Arrowhead-Maker.com

Thanks for your participation in flint knapping and arrowhead making activities.

F. Scott Crawford
Carrollton, Texas

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You are invited to visit my web site for more background information and photographs related to the making of arrowheads: www.Arrowhead-MakeYourOwn.com

For fully photo-illustrated process information related to the making of an obsidian Gunther style arrowhead, plus photographs of a number of ancient and authentic Gunther type arrowheads, you are invited to visit my other web site:
www.Arrowhead-Maker.com