By John C. Whittaker
Making arrowheads, blades, and different stone instruments was a survival ability and remains to be a craft practiced via millions of flintknappers worldwide. within the usa, knappers assemble at local "knap-ins" to socialise, alternate rules and fabric, purchase and promote either gear and knapped artwork, and make stone instruments within the corporation of others. In among those gatherings, the knapping group remains hooked up via newsletters and the Internet.
In this e-book, avid knapper anthropologist John Whittaker bargains an insider's view of the knapping neighborhood. He explores why stone instruments allure glossy humans and what making them capability to those that pursue this paintings. He describes how new contributors are integrated into the knapping group, how beginners examine the thoughts of knapping and locate their roles in the crew, how the group is dependent, and the way ethics, ideas, and ideology approximately knapping are built and transmitted. He additionally explains how the perform of knapping pertains to specialist archaeology, the alternate in smooth replicas of stone instruments, and the forgery of artifacts. Whittaker's e-book therefore files a desirable lifestyle of yank existence and introduces the broader public to an historic and nonetheless profitable craft.
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Extra info for American Flintknappers. Stone Age Art in the Age of Computers
Knappers bring tables and folding chairs to supplement picnic benches from the park. As knappers arrive, the knap-in develops into clusters of people under the main tent, and under private shelters or on tables set up around it. Others park their vehicles and open the back to spread their wares or set up their chairs on tarps to catch the debris. The first few times I came, I put up a tent out in the field and camped on site, as many knappers do. As taking notes became more important and I began to rely on my laptop computer, an electrical outlet became necessary.
At one knap-in where Charlie showed us his Ishi points, one knapper confided to me, only partly in jest, that after handling a point by Ishi he would now feel unable to wash his hands for a few days. Bringing the Ishi points to show other knappers was typical of Charlie. Talkative and generous with information, Charlie had a vast fund of stories and knowledge of artifacts, collectors, archaeologists, and flintknapping. As a senior knapper and respected expert, he influenced other knappers in their understanding of archaeology and the details of different point types, and specimens in his collections served as models and inspiration.
He particularly dislikes copper billets, and feels that a true — — A F “master” knapper can only work with traditional gear. “If it wasn’t done in the past, it’s not traditional. Traditionalism is not just a fad; it’s something we believe in, a way of life. It is not a search for the easy way out, a search for more efficient tools and clever tricks. Traditionalism is a commitment to preserving traditions of value; for it is by means of traditions that value systems are passed on.