posted on Apr, 16 2013 @ 03:01 PM
reply to post by punkinworks10
sweet! it's an awesome feeing to make your own tool in time of need and have it all work.. stone tools do not need to be pretty, just effective.
i used to lead a therapeutic class doing knapping and primitive skills, foraging, friction fires etc with troubled teens, including autistic kids who
would hardly speak or show interest in anything and highly ADHD kids who could not focus for more than 30 seconds - the effect of making things from
pure scratch, that allowed us to make other things and build up our resources and potential was quite profound.
we hunted for hammerstones, spalled out blanks from our flint store and fashioned blades, then used them to cut saplings for shafts. gathered pine
resin and rigged up a slate and trench hot plate to melt it and mix it into glue, powered by a bow drill fire. we collected bark to process and make
into cordage and processed raw hide for bindings and finally combined it all into some bloody good spears and darts, we even did some atlatl work and
cooked bacon on hot stones for 11sies... we collected the fat to use in sandstone lamps too.
i'm rambling now, but it was tremendous fun and i learnt more about the life of prehistoric man through practicing ancient crafts and working in
nature than i ever did at university
edit on 16-4-2013 by skalla because: typos