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harpoon a seal...
I have a Dorset Palaeoeskimo harpoon beginning to take shape. I had hoped to have it finished by the end of this week, but that didn't happen. I find tip-fluting the endblade is the trickiest part of making a reproduction of one of these light sealing harpoons and with that difficult bit of knappery done, I hope that the rest of the build should be fairly straightforward. Unless the client makes a special request, I tend to use the Middle Dorset harpoon heads from Port au Choix as my reference pieces for these harpoons. In the photo on the right, the reproduction endblade is knapped from Newfoundland chert, the harpoon head is antler and the foreshaft is whalebone. We have a pretty good idea what these parts of the Dorset harpoon look like because these pieces have a good chance of being preserved archaeologically, especially the stone endblade. The rest of the harpoon was likely wood, sinew, and leather and preservation of those parts is much more rare.
|The endblade, harpoon head, and foreshaft fit together.|
Photo Credits: Tim Rast