I’ve been saving all the flakes with my knapping kit and they totally came in handy today! I was trying to make a Cedar bark basket (the kind where you fold it and sew it) and I realized I needed a drill for making the holes. So this morning I got into my knapping kit pulled out a small flake, pressure flaked it a bit to make it a better shape and then hafted it to a straight shoot from a Pacific Nine bark I gathered last year. I used some Elk sinew I’ve had lying around and wrapped it on.
This has got me thinking about several things. How many projects, like making this basket, call for having/making other tools first? I’ve been thinking a lot lately about the order of tool making, and in what order does one build their primitive tool kit? Because in order to do one thing often you need another tool first. It would be cool to make a sort of timeline or “road map” of tools to start with that help you make other tools later. As well as raw materials you need to make said tools. Anyone have any insight into this?