EDWIN STAFFORD

A NORTHEAST MISSISSIPPI FLINT KNAPPER

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Last updated 07/15/2011

A Flint Knapper is a modern day person who makes flaked stone tools like arrowheads and spear points. I understand that knapper comes from a German word that means to form by removing small chips or flakes.

Stone tools are some of the first implements used by man and are found world wide. Flint knapping is the practice of one of our most ancient crafts.

ABOUT ME....

I live in Fulton, Mississippi. I have lived in this area all my life. My ancestors were among the first settlers to move into this area from Virginia. My lineage goes back to England and the time of William the Conqueror.

I began knapping in 1989 using glass and an 8d nail. I made my first stone point in late 1990. The first knappin I attended was at D. C. Waldorf's in October 1992. A knappin is a get to gather of people who make stone tools. Since then I have attended knappins in the following locations:

Old Stone Fort - Manchester, Tennessee
Maxdale Chili Park - Killene, Texas
Mid West - Fairview Heights, Illinois
Cajun Classic - Alexandria, Louisiana
Water Creek - Arkansas
Clinch River - Lenoir City, Tennessee
Devil Holes - Fairview Heights, Illinois
Mammoth Springs, Arkansas
Fly's General Store - Columbia, Tennessee
Thunderbird Lake, Oklahoma
Fort Osage
Moundville - Tuscaloosa, Alabama

Materials I have worked....

My Tool Kit....

My tool kit currently is composed of moose billets, cooper tipped flaker, Delron Ishi stick. quartzite hammer stones and man made stone abrader. For percussion work on Obsidian I use a copper cap bopper.

Demonstrations....

I have performed demonstrations for local schools, Boy Scouts, Itawamba Community College Art Department and the Mississippi Chickasaw Indians. In 1994 I was the featured artist at Itawamba Community College Art Department. I was allowed to exhibit my work in their gallery. Since I do not sell my points, I was able to assemble 1500 points in 17 display cases for this event. At that time I wrote a paper about how I got started knapping. It is at the end of this web page.

One of the materials I work is local river cobbles of chert. These are found in large gravel deposits. This material is highly stained with iron oxide. All of it has to be heat treated to work well. A lot of the points found locally are made of this material. I have a 24 inch rock saw and I slab most of what I work in order to increase size and conserve material. It is really hard to find solid local material larger than 3 inches. I currently only knap occasionally.

Links....

My Big Catfish Page

Picture of me knapping Obsidian wearing shorts at Fly's General Store, Columbia, Tennessee....

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Another Picture of me knapping at Fly's General Store, Columbia, Tennessee....

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Picture of me at Demonstration for Chickasaw....

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Pictures of Obsidian blades and points made from slabs, click on the thumbnail image to go to larger view....

Obsidian

Pictures of points I have made, click on the thumbnail image of the point to go to the picture....

Arrowhead

Benton Blades

Etley Blade

Wenatchee Type Blades

Mexican Peacock Obsidian

Ceremonial Blade

2 Blades from same rock

2 Small Blades

Beaver Lake

Clovis

Plainview

Corner Notch

Dagger

Dalton

Dove Tail

E Notch

Graham Cave

Kirk Corner Notch

Obsidian Knife

Lancolate

Laurel Leaf

Lost Lake

Base Notch

Brandon Flint

Flint Knife

Button Tail

Pedernales

Preform

Fort Payne

Silisified Wood Preform

Side Notch

Bird or War Points

Plevna

Turkey Tail


revised 07-15-2011