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Post by: bowmo on April 03, 2018, 12:39:09 pm
Since I make so many points at times, I figured I'd just create a thread where I can post them all without cluttering up the board.

4 from yesterdays chilly fireside knapping session. Black oil chert, a mostly cortex piece of hornstone, a overshot hunk of Rainy, and a really nice piece of Buffalo River.

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Post by: JW_Halverson on April 03, 2018, 04:03:56 pm
Niiiiiice
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Post by: bjrogg on April 03, 2018, 04:12:10 pm
Really like your stuff bowmo. Very nice scar patterns. I'm still not there yet.
Bjrogg
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Post by: Zuma on April 03, 2018, 05:48:25 pm
Mad,mad you say :o ;D >:D :-K
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Post by: Parnell on April 03, 2018, 05:51:19 pm
You really do have a touch for those scar patterns.  I've tried before to consolidate my stuff but don't seem to stick to it! 

Looking forward to seeing how it progresses for you.
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Post by: bowmo on April 03, 2018, 07:27:21 pm
Haha. Thanks guys!

Parnell: It's all credited to the magic of using an Ishi stick right. Took me a year or so to figure out the mechanics of how to use my body in relation to the stick but when you finally get it right and learn how to make the right kind of bevel on your continuous platform it's all good. 
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Post by: Hawkdancer on April 03, 2018, 07:37:04 pm
Nice work!  Helps to be warm while chipping, carving, and making bows and arrows!
Hawkdancer
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Post by: JEB on April 04, 2018, 03:31:00 pm
Very nice work. What is the tan material?
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Post by: swataramike on April 04, 2018, 05:42:20 pm
looks like heated tatanka river....
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Post by: bowmo on April 04, 2018, 08:12:24 pm
Jeb: the tan is the heated Buffalo River.

Another fluter for today.

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Post by: Zuma on April 04, 2018, 09:22:11 pm
oh my
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Post by: bjrogg on April 05, 2018, 03:06:15 am
This is a nice place to start my day bowmo. Thanks for sharing and keep em coming. Goes great with a hot cup of coffee and a beautiful sunrise.
Bjrogg
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Post by: swataramike on April 05, 2018, 11:40:15 am
pretty sure daniel is pressure flaking those flutes...at least i saw him do it at flint ridge last year...he got so,e fancy lad hand pad he made..its pretty cool and he is also a great natural tool knapper
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Post by: Parnell on April 05, 2018, 02:25:37 pm
Look at those flutes!  Great!
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Post by: bowmo on April 07, 2018, 09:59:49 am
Well here's everything I've managed to chip so far in 2018. Really wish the temps would climb out the 30's here!

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Post by: BrewerMo on April 07, 2018, 02:29:35 pm
Really nice group...👍
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Post by: bjrogg on April 07, 2018, 04:33:26 pm
Really nice bowmo. Nice assortment of styles and colors to. I'm ready for it to warm up to. Only good thing is I don't have to mow lawn yet. Heck half the time it's still covered with snow.
Bjrogg
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Post by: bowmo on April 08, 2018, 07:19:00 am
Haha...yea most of these were made next to a campfire bjrogg. A couple with snow falling on me!
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Post by: Redhand on April 08, 2018, 08:04:23 am
Those are some nice looking points.
Was the oil chert a bugger to knap?
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Post by: bowmo on April 08, 2018, 03:46:30 pm
Thanks Redhand. Yea, every piece of oil chert I have tried has been a pain. haha
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Post by: Parnell on April 09, 2018, 06:14:07 am
That's a lot of work done, already.  Really like those red Daltons on the right.  I think I'd be able to recognize one of your points if they were in a pile!
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Post by: bowmo on April 09, 2018, 07:17:44 am
Ha...thanks Parnell.

Here's a couple more.

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Post by: bjrogg on April 10, 2018, 02:25:06 am
Very nice bowmo. Like Steve said I think I could pick those scare paterns out of a pile. Really can see how well you plan out and execute you work. Thanks for sharing
Bjrogg
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Post by: bowmo on April 11, 2018, 07:33:48 am
You guys sure are good at throwing compliments around  ::)

Here's a couple more. A few of my best length flutes taken with an Ishi stick. And a Hixton point I made yesterday.

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Post by: bjrogg on April 11, 2018, 11:15:30 am
You guys sure are good at throwing compliments around

I think your going to see a few more thrown around bowmo. Man those are just plain sweet. Is that last one quartz? Makes me realize how much I have to learn yet.
Bjrogg
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Post by: Redhand on April 11, 2018, 12:24:34 pm
Very nice points!  Excellent work!
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Post by: bowmo on April 11, 2018, 06:25:22 pm
Thanks guys.

bjrogg: That's Hixton which comes from Wisconsin. It's "silicified sandstone" and a lot like fine grained quartz.
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Post by: paulc on April 11, 2018, 06:35:24 pm
Bowmo, are you using copper or antler or both?  Paul
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Post by: Parnell on April 12, 2018, 06:42:25 am
Eye candy.  I'd be very interested to see what you've got setup for your Ishi stick and your fluting technique.

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Post by: bowmo on April 12, 2018, 08:08:36 am
Thanks guys.

Paul: I use both for pressure flaking and punching but I mostly just use antler and stone.

Parnell: I'll try and remember to take some pics or a video.




One from yesterday. Lightly heated low grade Mill Creek.

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Post by: swataramike on April 13, 2018, 01:21:56 pm
bunch of junk points is all I see....keep on practicing bowmo....
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Post by: bjrogg on April 15, 2018, 10:02:36 am
bunch of junk points is all I see....keep on practicing bowmo....

Yah haha I have a stone pile I could put them on if you wanna get rid of those bowmo
Bjrogg
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Post by: swataramike on April 15, 2018, 03:04:29 pm
lol....he also makes killer pottery
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Post by: 1442 on April 16, 2018, 07:18:26 pm
Thanks for posting your work like this.
I agree with all the complimentary comments and love your flake scars.
I an see it now.  Overstreets guide to Bowmos points, a best seller.
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Post by: Parnell on April 17, 2018, 04:51:03 am
Your motivating me to start a singular thread of my own...instead of just writing "Recents" over and over. ;D
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Post by: bowmo on April 18, 2018, 07:19:32 am
You guys are too nice! Haha.

Parnell: It does feel better than starting a new thread over and over haha.

Just got back from spending a few days down in Southern Illinois, sleeping in my car and collecting stone all day.  :KN

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Post by: bjrogg on April 18, 2018, 03:08:54 pm
You guys are too nice.haha

No problem bowmo, love to help you out. Got stone piles all over I can get rid of that stuff for you on.haha.
That looks interesting in that bucket. Can't wait to see what you do with it.
Bjrogg
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Post by: Blitzkrieg721 on April 19, 2018, 04:25:15 am
eyes off that cobden folks..
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Post by: Parnell on April 19, 2018, 06:32:27 am
That stuff looks great.  Makes me want to cross over to S IL if I hit my buddy's place in KY this summer.
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Post by: bowmo on April 19, 2018, 06:39:03 am
Everyone stay away from my rock! Illinois is all out now...these were the last ones...  ::)

Some more pics from my trip.

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Post by: bowmo on April 19, 2018, 06:40:02 am
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Post by: bjrogg on April 19, 2018, 06:48:42 am
Wow. We need a drooling emojithingy  :o
Bjrogg
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Post by: Hawkdancer on April 19, 2018, 08:22:58 am
That Black Dog stuff must be real hard to work >:D :-K!  That is a nice haul!  Nice work!
Hawkdancer
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Post by: swataramike on April 19, 2018, 06:21:26 pm
dude daniel hope you come to the spring flint ridge bro..hmmmm and bring me some of that cob flint...not saying i am gonna be there but i might make a unexpected appearence at the campsite..maybe..possibly...probably...we wiil see   
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Post by: swataramike on April 19, 2018, 06:23:28 pm
plus since i use all natural tools i would like to sit with you...maybe you could teach me somthin or other about knappin abo bro..
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Post by: bowmo on April 19, 2018, 08:10:02 pm
Maaaaaan I really I hope I get to go the Spring Ridge this year too! Still not sure if I can make it yet.

First point from the new stone I squeezed in this morning before work.

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Post by: Parnell on April 20, 2018, 04:31:17 am
Good stuff, for sure.  I'm really wanting to go to the Flint Ridge event.  Haven't made it yet.  I hit the TN Classic annually so the spring event isn't on my radar, but perhaps the end of summer event I may hit this year.

You know anything about your dogs breed?  I've got a female that looks a lot like your dog.
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Post by: bowmo on April 21, 2018, 07:16:28 am
I've only been to the Classic once a few years ago but it's a great event.

That's Grizz, she's a mystery mutt I rescued. She shows all kinds of breed traits so I have no clue what she is other than a real sweetheart. I had her with my at the Classic when she was still a puppy.


Here's another Cobden Dalton and some other Kaolin and Mill Creek bifaces I roughed out.

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Post by: bjrogg on April 21, 2018, 07:47:52 am
Dang bowmo those are awesome just like that mutt grizz. I personally have a soft spot for mutts.
Bjrogg
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Post by: Hawkdancer on April 21, 2018, 09:43:54 am
You might have to bring some of that rock to MoJam, and look me up!  The cold down there in the Lead Belt comes with the northeast wind off the river and the humidity!  You'll see spring a lot sooner than we will >:D!  When it's springtime in the Rockies, it's hell down in the Ozarks!  You do good work.  I will have my tools and some rock along, hope to take a lesson.  1 day, bows; 1 day, knapping; 1 day, forging, fit in some flight shooting, and socializing, maybe stop to eat or sleep - sounds like fun!
Hawkdancer
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Post by: bowmo on April 22, 2018, 06:43:25 pm
A freshly heated batch from another time I went down to collect. Most of what was heated was already bifaced but the chunks and large spalls is what I worked down today. Yes I heat all that plus sand at once and yes you can heat 600 degree rock in a average roaster. A really ugly low grade piece of Mill Creek made a great bunch of glassy bifaces despite looking awful when I picked it up. The big one was the core and all the rest were large spalls off it i waited till heating to biface. Also made a mustache Simpson from a piece of the Kaolin as per a customer request.

 
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Post by: bjrogg on April 23, 2018, 02:22:24 am
 :)
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Post by: bowmo on April 24, 2018, 05:45:10 pm
More cooked Kaolin.

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Post by: paulc on April 24, 2018, 07:25:27 pm
So do you knap for a living, or for spending money? Or do you have piles of points collecting around the shop? Paul
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Post by: bjrogg on April 25, 2018, 02:47:21 am
Just keep em coming bowmo. One of the highlights of my day.
That is a sweet point and some very nice looking material.
Bjrogg
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Post by: bowmo on April 25, 2018, 06:15:45 am
Thanks bjrogg!

paulc: I knap because I can't stop really haha. I sell a lot of points hafted as knives when I travel to events but I do have piles of points around my house to the tune of a few thousand haha.
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Post by: bowmo on May 02, 2018, 04:54:15 pm
Ok. Finally got a 'flute' recorded. It's a lame one but I'll take it. Turning on the camera can be the kiss of death for me at times.


https://youtu.be/oUqElcnthjU


couple other points I made that day too...



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Post by: bjrogg on May 02, 2018, 05:27:16 pm
So nice to look at after a very long three days of work. Now I can dream about those beautiful points bowmo.
Bjrogg
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Post by: bowmo on May 12, 2018, 06:19:14 am
Glad I'm still entertaining someone bjrogg...haha

Here's two from yesterday. Kaolin and Mill Creek...both raw.

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Post by: bjrogg on May 12, 2018, 06:47:07 am
Thanks bowmo I was starting to have to withdrawal symptoms from not getting my daily diary of a mad knapper fix. I really needed that. You really do fantastic stuff. Really give me something to strive for.
Bjrogg
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Post by: Chippintuff on May 12, 2018, 07:22:46 am
You are posting some nice work and some pretty rock.

WA
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Post by: Redhand on May 13, 2018, 09:04:09 am
Man those are some very nice points. 👍🏽  Keep them coming
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Post by: Tracker0721 on May 19, 2018, 06:46:48 pm
Just jumped in to look at these and man youíre popping out some beauties! Keep it up
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Post by: Sparrow on May 30, 2018, 05:11:57 pm
That's some fine knappin'  '  Frank
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Post by: GlisGlis on May 30, 2018, 11:39:10 pm
great thread man
very nice points there and fine looking rocks too   :OK :OK :OK
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Post by: bowmo on June 10, 2018, 08:08:27 am
Wow...time can really get away from me.

Went to Devils Hole Knap In recently and of course forgot to take pictures other than a few points I made while there and a Mustache I forgot to post when I made it last month.



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Post by: bowmo on June 10, 2018, 08:14:00 am
And here's some points I made the other day.

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Post by: burchett.donald on June 11, 2018, 04:51:42 am
bowmo,
            Really enjoyed looking at all your awesome work...
                                                                                          Don
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Post by: RickB on June 11, 2018, 05:41:34 am
All nice - thanks for sharing. Rick B
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Post by: bjrogg on June 11, 2018, 06:30:45 am
Thanks bowmo I needed that. Do you mind if I ask what your billet is made of and what you use for tip in your flaker? Man you sure have this figured out. Just beautiful.
Bjrogg
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Post by: bowmo on June 11, 2018, 06:45:29 pm
Thanks guys.

bjrogg the billet is some kind of river stone that was just shaped that way and the tip of that hand flaker is antler I shapped into a little dowel.
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Post by: bjrogg on June 12, 2018, 02:13:39 am
Thanks bowmo that's what I was guessing. Nice tools. Keep on posting those points.
Bjrogg
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Post by: bowmo on June 16, 2018, 06:19:26 am
After watching a couple guys really school some rock with a long antler indirect stick I decided to finally make one and work on my heavy indirect skills. The stick is cane and the antler is a solid all the way thru whitetail tine I strike with the osage billet. Worked better for me than I thought it would. The two points were made incorporating the stick a lot on both.

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Post by: bowmo on June 16, 2018, 06:20:33 am
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Post by: RickB on June 16, 2018, 08:27:35 am
All I can say is nice, nice, nice... thank you for sharing.
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Post by: bjrogg on June 16, 2018, 05:01:09 pm
Really Cool bowmo. Thanks for sharing your tool box. Do you dry your Antler? It seems like I have pretty good luck with in winter but when humidity gets up there it acts all different. Maybe it's just me. I do more knapping in the winter so I might just be more of my game.
Bjrogg
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Post by: bowmo on June 21, 2018, 07:59:08 am
Never really noticed the humidity making a big difference in the way my antler works, and it's often around 90% here this time of year. I don't knap indoors as a rule, so I don't knap in the winter tho.

More indirect practice the other day...and all indirect preform and a Thebes.

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Post by: Parnell on June 24, 2018, 08:58:19 am
I havenít seen such a wide contact point for indirect being used before...interesting.
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Post by: bjrogg on June 25, 2018, 02:17:17 am
I'm just starting to get the hang of indirect. Still seems a bit uncomfortable holding stick pinched between my knee but a six by six block to put my foot on helps.
Bjrogg
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Post by: bowmo on June 25, 2018, 05:24:29 am
bjrogg...yea it was the same way for me...that's why I made this one. The stick on this one is around 4 feet long and the end goes into the dirt and keeps the stick stable and easier to use. Way way easier for me.
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Post by: bowmo on July 10, 2018, 07:07:48 am
Some more work from the last few days...

Mostly Illinois stone with a piece of Rainy in there too.

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Post by: GlisGlis on July 12, 2018, 04:23:16 am
you're good man
I like them all  :OK
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Post by: bowmo on July 12, 2018, 05:45:57 am
Thanks Glis.

Off to the Lake Evergreen Knap In near Bloomington, IL. today but, here's some from a few days ago. Both Kaolin.





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Post by: bjrogg on July 12, 2018, 08:24:50 am
Have fun bowmo. Beautiful points as always. Really enjoy your pictures
Bjrogg
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Post by: stixnstones on July 13, 2018, 05:50:47 am
Beautiful stuff..
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Post by: bowmo on July 15, 2018, 07:28:55 am
Good times at the Evergreen Knap In

Only made one finished point from a killer piece of root beer I got from Ericís Rocks but made LOTS of Cobden bifaces.


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Post by: bowmo on July 15, 2018, 07:36:22 am
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Post by: bowmo on July 15, 2018, 07:37:38 am
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Post by: bjrogg on July 15, 2018, 07:52:24 am
Great pictures bowmo. Love all the rock. I'm drooling all over my phone.
Bjrogg
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Post by: swataramike on July 16, 2018, 05:46:34 am
looks like a good time Daniel....also your stuff is looking fab bro
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Post by: Parnell on July 16, 2018, 06:20:27 am
That root beer point is killer.  You ever find flint in N IL?  I grew up on Flint Creek in Lake County.  Wondered if you knew of workable stone up that way.
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Post by: bowmo on July 19, 2018, 04:42:52 pm
Thanks guys!

Parnell: There is next to nothing around here since the glaciers smashed it all into gravel. There's some down at starved rock and at the western boarder of Illinois but not in large amounts or very good quality. I travel quite far to collect rock...usually 14 hours driving round trip.