Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Flintknapper Sees Light in Tunnel

Making blanks, déjà vu
Today's work schedule is pretty much exactly the same as last Wednesday.  I'm making blanks for Recent Indian arrowheads to make into hafted necklaces.  Although I did get some good news yesterday -  I heard through the grapevine that some fun artifacts are en route to St. John's to be reproduced, so there's a bit of a light at the end of the tunnel.

Is the rain, drizzle, and fog helping?
Filling the wholesale orders are still my priority for the next month or so, but these incoming artifacts should help break up the monotony of the assembly line.  They are Palaeoeskimo tools from Newfoundland's Northern Peninsula and if the sealskin cooperates, there will be opportunities with this project to use some of the hooded sealskin thong.  For the first couple of months the reproductions will not only look authentic, but they should smell authentic!  I'll get into more specifics when I've seen the artifacts and I'm sure that I have permission to blog about the work.

Points and pins drying
In the meantime, the batch of Recent Indian (Beothuk) points that I started last week have been cut, drilled and ochred.  We don't have great drying weather in St. John's right now so I moved these into the basement to help speed things up.  Once they are dry I can string them, card them and ship them.

I like how the ochre antiques the point - even new they look old
 Photo Credits: Tim Rast

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