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The Flintknapper

Today is just COLD. We drove back in howling wind, freezing rain and snow last night. Cold as a proverbial witch's tit. Though I know several witches and they don't seem all that cold. Of course I've never had occassion to feel their tits. Hmm, maybe a good research project for this winter. Any volunteers from the witch community? hehehe

This morning we awoke to a skiff of snow but the bad thing is, it's actually sticking to everything. Today it's been about 26 degrees all day and blowing so I imagine the wind chill is on down there. My truck is sitting in the driveway sans radiator which is now fixed I'm told but sitting at the repair shop in Rushville. So I'll have to go down tomorrow evening and pick it up. I'd go tonight but Deb seems to have a full blown case of flu. She's been home all day and I'm driving her Toyota. Now I'm just hoping I don't get it. Though it would be fitting for me to get the flu just before Turkey Day. It used to happen all the time. Oh well, as long as it doesn't happen right before Candy Cane Day.

I spent much of yesterday morning in Hannibal, MO at the home of Tim Murphy aka The Flintknapper. We talked of making good flint knives and the value of old trade beads and the best ways to skin a buck and tips on doing skrimshaw. I ended up buying three nice stone knives from him. Two are skinners with a graceful S curve to the handle and blade. The blades are both chipped from the most beautiful banded agate with lots of nice carving on the deer antler handles. They are about 8-10 inches long each and each came with a base of cedar and deer antler. The third is only about 5-6 inches long and straight. The handle is half a coyote jawbone complete with teeth. The blade is a really clear carnelian. I gifted Tim a twin quartz crystal, a red hematite included quartz crystal and a black tourmaline crystal so he gave me and excellet price of $250 for all three knives. Dad will be happy with his Xmas pesent!

I also told Tim I had a good sourch for slabs of flint, agate and jasper so we are going to do some trading in the future. He has some awesome old vintage beads so it should be a profitable relationship for both of us.

Tim and his wife make soap as well. All vegetable. So his house smelled of mint, cloves, lavendar and jasmine and my coat, which I laid down near the soap making station smelled of all that when I left.

He gifted me with a carved ivory feather just like this when I left.

So I drove home to wonderful rich soap smells, with the karma of a good trade and a new friend made amidst the drifting of the falling snow.

Peace,

Wander

Comments

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ex_dragonfly63
Nov. 25th, 2002 03:23 pm (UTC)
Are you coming on to me?!
(Kidding. Absolutely kidding. But if we did those pictures outdoors in the winter, the joke might be on me!)
wander
Nov. 25th, 2002 03:28 pm (UTC)
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Hey, I was just talking witches in general. If you want to volunteer, feel free. Of course we could run a purely scientific test and let you apply a thermometer and measure results against other witches? If we do any of the photos outdoors it will be around a fire. Any state parks near you?

Wander

cactus_jess
Nov. 25th, 2002 03:26 pm (UTC)
those beads are lovely, as is your new ivory feather.
wander
Nov. 25th, 2002 03:29 pm (UTC)
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Yeah, It's going to become part of a really sweet necklace tonight. I saw that actuall necklace yesterday. It's even nicer close up.

Wander

inushnu
Nov. 25th, 2002 04:42 pm (UTC)
i couldnt help but think how pretty that feather would be between two beautiful breasts... mmm sigh

and dont smack me! this isn't a "sex" thing... more...er...erotica =)
wander
Nov. 26th, 2002 06:57 am (UTC)
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Sounds like a good idea for a photo session. I'll have to write all this down for when we meet.

W

ryl
Nov. 25th, 2002 03:28 pm (UTC)
It was around 70 degrees here today. Infernal weather.
wander
Nov. 25th, 2002 03:31 pm (UTC)
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My folks went down to Myrtle Beach today. They called this morning to report it was 85 degrees. Infernal parents. Hey if you like the cold, you are more than welcome to make a trip out over Xmas break.

Wander

ryl
Nov. 25th, 2002 03:34 pm (UTC)
Cold doesn't bother me when I'm running a fever and yet my feet are still cold stupid circulation!
wander
Nov. 25th, 2002 03:37 pm (UTC)
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Well you've got a month to get well. I don't let sick people play with fireworks.

W
ryl
Nov. 25th, 2002 03:50 pm (UTC)
Well, I'll just take my toys and go home then!
wander
Nov. 25th, 2002 03:53 pm (UTC)
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OK, me too but you won't get to see the video.

i'm such a tease

W

ryl
Nov. 25th, 2002 04:05 pm (UTC)
Indeed you are.
wander
Nov. 25th, 2002 04:07 pm (UTC)
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And there's such a nice shot of you from the rear on the video, I'd hate for you to miss it.

w
ryl
Nov. 25th, 2002 04:14 pm (UTC)
Did it also capture your victory cheer when the Niagra Falls went off?
wander
Nov. 25th, 2002 04:18 pm (UTC)
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Actually, the Niagra Falls had so much light coming off it, everything behind it is pretty well blurred. You almost have to shield you eyes from the TV screen it's so bright.

Wander

ryl
Nov. 25th, 2002 04:24 pm (UTC)
Color me intrigued.
wander
Nov. 25th, 2002 04:28 pm (UTC)
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And on surround sound, it pretty well captures all the noise from that effect too.

Wander

wildgarden
Nov. 25th, 2002 04:34 pm (UTC)
What a great necklace. I really like the way he's made the clasp, drawn up between two beads. I've been wanting to learn how to do that.
wander
Nov. 25th, 2002 04:39 pm (UTC)
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It's not hard really. It's just like it looks. Especially with waxed sinew, You just add an extra bead to the end of your design then pass the opposite ends through each bead and tie off. use his as an example and try it with a piece of string and a couple beads.

I usually use a hook and eye clasp but that style has it's advantages unless the necklae is reall heavy, then it will tend to adjust itself too long.

W
sueg
Nov. 25th, 2002 04:56 pm (UTC)
Beautiful. All of it.
wander
Nov. 26th, 2002 06:59 am (UTC)
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Thanks! come down and visit when you get back and I'll take you over to meet him.

Wander

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