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Thread: Youtube Flintknapping instructional series of videos.

  1. #1
    Join Date
    May 2012
    SE NSW, Australia.

    Youtube Flintknapping instructional series of videos.

    I found this interesting.

    Multi part series on flint-knapping.

    Jim, a guy with 30 years flint-knapping experience as a hobbyist shares his knowledge - including going into the dynamics of the flaking process, qualities of different stone, tools used etc;

    "A human being should be able to change a diaper, plan an invasion, butcher a hog, conn a ship, design a building, write a sonnet, balance accounts, build a wall, set a bone, comfort the dying, take orders, give orders, cooperate, act alone, solve equations, analyze a new problem, pitch manure, program a computer, cook a tasty meal, fight efficiently, die gallantly. Specialization is for insects."
    — Robert Heinlein.

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Dec 2011

    For those Australians struggling to find knappable material, this is an old cathode ray tube from a monitor. The electron emitter end (thin pointy end) was snapped off to relieve the vacuum (from a distance with a well placed rock.) The high vacuum inside these tubes will make them dangerous to handle until this is done. Wear eye prtoection. You can smash up the tube by gentle taps witha bit of steel. Glass will fly everywhere, even if you do it gently, so eye protection and careful handilng is a must.

    This is the yeild, bucket is 20 L (~5 gallon) some glass is up to an inch thick, down to about 5/8 near the centre. Wash thoroughly before use, the inside of the tube is coated with phosphors of different types.

    If it still runs, you can also make an oscilloscope of of vga monitors... depends on the nature of your scenario what is more important.
    Last edited by Dusty Miller; 07-01-2012 at 08:03 AM.

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Nov 2011
    Queensland Australia.
    Thanks Dusty, great info.
    I remember reading somewhere a while back, some of our indigenous tribes in northern Australia, i think, used volcanic glass for primitive tolls and weapons.

    So your post is another alternative.

    It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent that survives. It is the one that is the most adaptable to change.

    "Charles Darwin"


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