Some of my bird points.
Made some tools from deer bone. Pictured are some ulna bone awls which are also great for flint knapping, they make really fine serrations and notches. Also some regular awls and bone needles and a fish hook made from a deer toe bone. I polished and sanded them using the scouring rush also called horse tail reed.
I have been collecting fossils for some time now, to hold something in my hand that has been preserved in stone for millions of years is simply amazing. For those of you that don’t know, the word fossil means “dug out of the ground.” Here are some that I have purchased over the years.
This is a tooth from an Equus or Prehistoric Horse- Pleistocene – Recent
This is a tooth from a Prehistoric Bison. Pliocene – Recent
Tooth from Three-Toed Horse (Nannippus peninsulatus) Pliocene Era
Tooth from Prehistoric Ground Sloth (Megalonyx) Pleistocene Era.
Fossil Crinoid stems (Sea Lillies) and Gastropod shells from ancient sea snails.
Trilobite fossils (Species Phacops) and Ammonite fossils from England.
Fossil ferns (Pennsylvanian Era) and Polished Echinoids (sea urchins) from Morocco.
I always enjoy watching a good documentary. Here are a few of my favorites that I have watched over the years. If you have a chance check them out.
BBC Video- Walking With Cavemen.
History Channel- Clash of the Cavemen
History Channel- Journey To 10,000 B.C. The Real Story of Prehistoric Man’s Fight For Survival
Nova- America’s Stone Age Explorers Where did the first Americans come from?
Discovery Channel- Ice Age Columbus Who were the first Americans?
Discovery Channel- Iceman Hunt For A Killer (About Otzi the Iceman)
Discovery Channel- L.A. 10,000 B.C. (About Los Angeles during the Ice Age.)
Also check Netflix if you have it, a lot of great films on Prehistoric animals. Cave of Dreams is also a good one to watch.
These pics are from last year. Made a coal using California buckeye hearth board and spindle. Probably took about 30 seconds to form a coal with this fire drill combination.
I made a few bone tools about a year ago using elk bone and pieces of cow rib bone. Pictured are small bone ornaments, needles, awls and a harpoon point with dogbane cordage.
I took a break from flintknapping and finished up on some ground stone artifacts. The flat stone with the three small depressions is called a nutting stone, Native Americans used these for cracking acorns, hickories and other types of nuts. There is also a sandstone mortar which is useful in grinding charcoal and stones for pigments. It is still a little shallow, I want to peck and grind it a little deeper I think. The small grayish stone dish will be used as a paint pallete. I made the paint brush using a piece of cat-tail stalk with a little yucca fiber and pine pitch to glue the fibers in place.