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Offline Ryan Jacob

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Working Bases
« on: May 30, 2019, 12:25:14 am »
I really hate working the bases of anything I knap, itís way too stressful. Iím thinking, should I thin the base before the sides? But when I do that, thereís so much meat left on the piece that I have to hit harder than normal and itís also harder to control. Whatís your method?
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Offline bjrogg

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Re: Working Bases
« Reply #1 on: May 30, 2019, 10:09:15 am »
I hate bases to. My method is usually hit it and snap my blade in two or three pieces.lol seriously I usually try  to keep thinning base and point a little more than the rest of blade. If I wait till after I thin sides I usually snap them trying to thin base.
I'm open to suggestions though cause I really ain't that good. Still have a lot to learn in the knapping area. I can make a sharp pointy object though.
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Offline Deerhunter21

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Re: Working Bases
« Reply #2 on: May 30, 2019, 10:42:57 am »
I the person that taught me had the same view as bj. I thin the base then the tip and then I follow from the tips to the base and do some fine tuning. Keep in mind though that I started last Saturday and I can barely thin the point enough to haft it.
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