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FYI…presents Flint Knapping
November 3 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
The Round Top Family Library’s FYI… Flint Knapping
Demonstration by Jerry Hinkel and Ken Ripper (two of our very own Round Top Residents) Thursday, November 3 2022 Time: 5:30 pm (note earlier time) Where: Library Annex Porch (bring a chair) Flint is just one type of material that fractures conchoidally, as does glass, obsidian, quartz, chert, opal, and jasper. All of these materials have been used for millennia to make stone tools and weapons. Knapping is the process of striking a material to induce conchoidal fractures in a controlled manner via a process known as either direct or indirect percussion. Stone age knappers used rock, antler, bone and even wood as percussors. Direct and indirect percussion methods will be demonstrated. Jerry Hinkel has been interested in Native American artifacts and their manufacture since finding his first arrowhead at eight years old. He started to learn flint knapping 25 years ago. Ken Ripper has been a flint knapper for the past 3 years. His initial interest in flint knapping began with boyhood curiosity – “who made those arrowheads and how did they do it?” An introduction to local flint knapper Jerry Hinkel led to a hobby based upon a practical approach to flint knapping, supported by the science behind how flint material fractures.Round Top Family Library 206 W. Mill St. Round Top, TX 78954 www.ilovetoread.org *free program*