Stone Tool Camp Out

  • Jan 10, 2014 · 5:00 PM

I'm not an expert at flintknapping and stone tool making but due to some recent adventures off the grid for three weeks (another story later), I've concluded this is something I need to learn, which is why I've put this event together. We will be having this event near the Salton Sea. I plan on camping out there for a weekend, collecting suitable material, and refining my skills. This is also a good area for gathering pumice and other volcanic material.

The primary class will be flintknapping. We have an expert who will be teaching us. See below for a list of supplies. don't worry if you don't have these items. We'll all share with each other.

Also coming along is another instructor who is going to teach us how to build a fire without matches and primitive shelter building. I've taken his fire class before and this guy is GOOD!

I intend to bring my dogs and "primitive camp". I have tents and plenty of camping gear to loan out to newbies who may also want to refine camping skills. A nearby campground has toilets, but no showers. Paved parking lot for vehicles

The flintknapping instructor suggested bringing the following materials:
Band aids
Any solid copper bar, round or flat.  .5"x 1.5" would be perfect. 
1/8" to 3/16" copper ground wire.
1.75 liter sky vodka bottles.  Blue glass makes the prettiest points.  If the bottle is full ......
Soft leather gloves
Course grit grinder wheel.  Broken is better.  Or a palm sized sandstone
  Any lyric rock
  Flint, volcanic glass,  chert.  Thick glass will work in a pinch

If you have any of these items, please bring them and message me so I know which things I need to spend more time looking for.

Location coordinates will be emailed only to "yes" RSVP's a few days prior to the event. IF RAIN IS FORECAST FOR THIS WEEKEND THE EVENT WILL BE POSTPONED TO A LATER DATE.

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  • Chris (Black D.

    This event exceeded my expectations! Several of my non-meetup friends attended out of curiosity to see what we were doing, and we had a few people who could only show up for the day. It seemed that everyone had a good time. A big thanks to Joe for being so generous with his time and supplies. I now have a huge interest in flintknapping and will never look at a rock the same way again! Van did a very impressive job of making fire and he also had and shared info occasionally on cool new gadgets and camping gear. We all shared and looked out for each other and it was obviously to me that new friendships came from this event. The location was pretty awesome. We had the immediate area all to ourselves but it was within a short drive of hot showers and restrooms. Several folks unofficially did archery and sling shot practice there was also hiking and weird things to explore. Definitely different. On Sunday after packing up some people checked out local spots of interest.

    January 14, 2014

  • Chris (Black D.

    I will not be accepting any more RSVP's after 3PM today. I'll be offline after that so if you try to RSVP I won't be sending you directions. However if somebody desperately wants to go you could contact somebody already signed up ... they'd have the details. As of this morning I have 18 people going to this event.

    January 9, 2014

  • Chris (Black D.

    I have over a hundred pounds (maybe closer to 200 pounds) of volcanic rock comprised mostly of obsidian. I'm giving this stuff away to attendees. BTW when you hear that this stuff is sharp and to wear leather gloves they are not kidding! While taking inventory I managed to cut up my hands pretty nasty. And I thought I was being careful.

    December 30, 2013

  • Chris (Black D.

    Bring your dogs if they are well behaved. I'm bringing my two dogs. They love to camp and this will be a great off leash event for our canine friends. Some of my friends from another group are bringing theirs. If they all show up we have about 8 dogs so far that are coming.

    December 24, 2013

  • Chris (Black Dog) changed the date and time to Friday, January 10, 2014 at 5:00 PM

    December 19, 2013

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