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Offline paulc

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deciding on what the problem is....?
« on: April 05, 2019, 05:44:56 am »
So how do you decide the problem knapping is the stone and not you?  Or your bopper is subpar?  And when is it just you ;-) ?  Tried last night to take another crack at doing stone and moose billet on a fresh piece of keokuk.  After 30 min of banging away I had made my salad plate piece of stone the size of maybe a baseball and it wan't meaningfully thinner than when i started...so frustrating.  Step fractures and crumbled edges everywhere...

I guess I know that the antler billets wear out but really don't know what that actually means/looks like.  Stone hammers don't wear out I guess but certainly some stones are better than others..?  And I guess the stone hammer hardness might depend on which stone you are banging on?

Last night my edges either didn't break at all or they simply crumbled... And I broke my "almost preform".... >:(  Paul

Offline Ryan Jacob

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Re: deciding on what the problem is....?
« Reply #1 on: April 11, 2019, 02:39:45 am »
Well, it sounds like youíre knapping while angry which can really throw you off your game. Of course, itís always easier to get away with blaming the rock >:D
Making is just almost-breaking.

Offline aaron

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Re: deciding on what the problem is....?
« Reply #2 on: April 11, 2019, 05:31:27 am »
maybe it's platform preparation?
sounds like you need to get together in person with someone near you
Ilwaco, Washington, USA
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