In keeping with the simplicity of yesterday’s post, this is another single line on a coloured background. At this point I should just get people to guess what this is. While that would be fun, it would water down the lead in to another series I am going to start here, but possibly not continue until quite a few days from now.
This summer I spent some time with Dan Stueber, a terrific flintknapper from Oregon. I have previously featured a replica spear point that he made. He comes to teach at U-Vic most summers. We had a plan to shoot some timelapse of him making tools, a plan that started but is by no means concluded. He will be back, and with luck we can shoot some more. There is quite a lot to learn about what works in terms of frames per second, angle of view, lighting, and so on. This series will continue with more from shots of his set up and some of his work,
So, this photo is a row of students’ or teacher’s waste flakes, all obsidian, caught in a fold in the tarp laid down to keep them out of the grass. Obsidian is a volcanic glass and when it is first flaked the edge can be as sharp as one molecule thickness. There is little that is sharper, and indeed, stone tools are sometimes made for surgery as they cut more cleanly, and the wounds heal faster and with less scarring than the sharpest steel instruments. You don’t want to walk over this in bare feet, or get one of these down the edge of your shoe and sock, a bit of an occupational hazard for the modern flint knapper.
Canon 5Dii, Canon 100/f2.8 macro, f3.5, 1/160th.