Where can I find Flint?
Hunting flint is one of my favorite
things to do. It's an adventure every time I go on
a rock hunt! Over the years I have searched far and
wide for the finest and most colorful materials for
knapping. Many times I have come up empty handed and
an empty gas tank. I always wondered where the "Mother
Lode" was or if such a thing existed. In my quest,
over the years, I have found some fantastic flint
sources. It is a lot of hard work yet very satisfying
Here are some tips for your
next rock hunt!
The best advise I can give to the "flint
hunter" is this: familiarize yourself with geological
maps of the areas you plan to hunt. Look everywhere,
in plowed fields, look in the gravel of creek and
river bottoms, construction sites, under bridges and
eroded roadside ditches. Be sure to get permission
from land owners first! I assure you it is not worth
the risk. The rewards are greater when material is
gathered with a blessing from the land owner. Beware
of "freeze fractured" flint. This is flint
that has been exposed to freezing and literally frozen.
The problem starts with this. Flint and all other
stones contain moisture deep within the stone, when
the temperature falls well below 32 f. the result
of the expanding freezing moisture is fractures the
flint. This is a bad thing for knappers. This material
is useless unless the pieces are large enough to knap.
You want pure crack free stone. It can be a serious
challenge to find high grade stone. If you plan on
getting material from construction sites, get them
before it freezes. These stones have never been exposed
to freezing temperatures and when they do, they will
likely suffer. Searching creek and river bottoms can
be a lot of fun. Take a big copper billet and start
testing the gravel to see what is inside. You never
know what you might find!
In summary, do a lot of research. Talk
to artifact hunters, they know what the flints look
like from their area. Don't waist your time in areas
where there is no flint to be found. Don't expect
other knappers to reveal their sources. Many a knapper
has spent years to find their "honey holes".
Remember, always get the land owners permission to
hunt rocks on their property! Try to hunt areas that
have not been exposed to freezing. Use common sense,
have safety equipment along. Take Band-Aids, gloves,
safety glasses and long pants. Just take a day off
work and get a tank full of gas and have fun exploring
the country side. It's great fun! you never know what
you might find!
If you don't have much luck or just don't have the
time you can get good material from reputable
rock dealers. You want to learn more about modern
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