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Recently  I have tried my hand at flintknapping, below are some examples of how I have progressed. I started making them a few months ago and  let's just say I havn't perfected the art yet :) ,although there is some progress as with my last pc (center of picture below). The material in the picture (with the exception of two pieces made of zaleski flint) comes from outcroppings in the Richland Furnace area near Byer and Ray Ohio. It is boilover from the long gone iron furnaces that were in use during the late 1800s. This boilover, found in 3  to 10 lb nodules reminds one of obsidian. There is a wide variety of colors, with some materials being marble like . Very translusent purple seems to be the most abundant.  Oh! And it's not very easy on the hands, but it does make a good raw material for practicing the art.

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Leather palm pad, antler tine, and abrading pebble
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