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   CaliforniaMama  Monday Jan 30 12:04 PM

January 30, 2012 Miniature Arrowheads

I was going to start off the week with a "Monday morning" kind of image. Then, I remembered I promised footfootfoot that I would post the arrowheads.

Meet Dan White and his art form of miniature flint-knapping (shaping stone by breaking off chips).



My favorite is in the upper left corner, 2nd one from the left, that looks kind of like a tree.



Quote:
Over the last few years Dan has made over 100 miniature stone arrowheads. He uses a stereo microscope to reproduce the stone-age technology of flint-knapping in miniature. After months of experimenting, headaches, and stabbing himself in the fingers, he has been able to develop a technique where he can make miniature stone arrowheads the size of a grain of rice that have all the same proportions and flaking as the full-size originals. Each miniature takes between 1 and 2 hours to complete.
Arrowheads have always fascinated me. My dad did some archeological digging when I was small and saved a display case of arrowheads for me (which my father-in-law proceeded to break every single one of them on "accident"). When I was a child, I played around with flaking some obsidian, a common material around here. I never got into precision flaking, but can definitely appreciate the work Dan put into making these arrowheads.

Many thanks to 3foot for the suggestion.


Happy Monkey  Monday Jan 30 12:08 PM

Should be useful for the Indian in the Cupboard.



bbuilder  Monday Jan 30 02:30 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by Happy Monkey View Post
Should be useful for the Indian in the Cupboard.
Hahaha. I'm imagining myself little at my keyboard just now hopping on the letters to type.

Also good for "Night at the Museum" - another favorite.


ZenGum  Monday Jan 30 07:52 PM

Quote:
Over the last few years Dan has made over 100 miniature stone arrowheads.
Pictured are the ones he hasn't yet lost.


footfootfoot  Monday Jan 30 08:24 PM

He made a miniature arrow. I wonder if he shot a mouse?



SPUCK  Tuesday Jan 31 06:50 AM

Quote:
Originally Posted by CaliforniaMama View Post
Meet Dan White and his art form of miniature flint-knapping (shaping stone by breaking off chips).



My favorite is in the upper left corner, 2nd one from the left, that looks kind of like a tree.
I'll go for the Space Shuttle - left bottom area.


infinite monkey  Tuesday Jan 31 08:13 AM

The one right above the 'of' looks like a slightly deformed goldfish cracker.



monster  Tuesday Jan 31 09:30 AM

The one second right from the pencil looks more like a chess king. Is that one to decapitate the miniature prey?



Sheldonrs  Tuesday Jan 31 09:31 AM

Quote:
Originally Posted by infinite monkey View Post
The one right above the 'of' looks like a slightly deformed goldfish cracker.
Maybe that's what it's used for. :-)


infinite monkey  Tuesday Jan 31 09:32 AM

The one above the pencil eraser looks like Michael Myers' knife!



monster  Tuesday Jan 31 09:40 AM

Quote:
Originally Posted by Sheldonrs View Post
Maybe that's what it's used for. :-)



infinite monkey  Tuesday Jan 31 09:41 AM

I must be off today.

Please to 'splain the joke?



monster  Tuesday Jan 31 09:51 AM

no.



Sheldonrs  Tuesday Jan 31 09:53 AM

Quote:
Originally Posted by infinite monkey View Post
I must be off today.

Please to 'splain the joke?
As a "goldfish cracker". A tool for cracking goldfish crackers. :-)


infinite monkey  Tuesday Jan 31 09:58 AM

Quote:
Originally Posted by monster View Post
no.
lol!

Quote:
Originally Posted by Sheldonrs View Post
As a "goldfish cracker". A tool for cracking goldfish crackers. :-)
lol squared!!!!


CaliforniaMama  Tuesday Jan 31 11:20 AM

Quote:
Originally Posted by monster View Post
The one second right from the pencil looks more like a chess king. Is that one to decapitate the miniature prey?
I was pondering that one, too.

I wonder if it was a tool, that when turned in circles, was used to make holes in something.


Sheldonrs  Wednesday Feb 1 04:57 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by CaliforniaMama View Post
I was pondering that one, too.

I wonder if it was a tool, that when turned in circles, was used to make Gloryholes in something.
That was my guess too. ;-)


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