Who says rocks don't float?
FLINT ROCK SAIL BOAT floats on Water!
that is, better known as ICE!)
Bois d'Arc Knap-in & Primitive Skills, Goodman MO, Bo Brown
The Wall Street Journal was kind
enough to interview Jim and publish an article about Jim, his flint
knapping life, and the skill of flint knapping in general.
We wish to give a special thanks to WSJ Staff Reporter,
his courtesy, respectful interest and front page report. It was a
wonderful thing for him to make the effort to come here to the
Ozarks for interviews, and to go with Jim to the Osage Knap-In held
by Bob Hunt this fall. Thank you all who were there for being so
friendly and open with Gautam. He had a great time I think! For a
short period of time, the October 6th, 2005 article was available at
the WSJ. This link was emailed to us by Mr. Naik. If you will,
please contact the WSJ and thank Gautam Naik for his interest in our
flint knapping world!
If you would like a free
copy of the article, please contact us.
Also a special thanks to John Whittaker for his
comments and recommendations which ultimately made this happen.
Added, a footnote: Gautam
just emailed and told me something of interest about the picture of
in the article.
It is an art called, "stippling". Gautham believes
that the WSJ is the only paper in the world to do this art by hand
instead of computer.
The artist working from that photograph Gautham took, was from four to five
hours completing the picture of Jim Spears in the Journal.
Thank you, Diana Benson
Hello My Friend,
I am finally back at Al-Kut.
The camp that I am assigned to. Yes you may do
as you like with the pictures I sent. The points
were some I made at Karbala. One of them was
made by another man who took a great interest
and I was real surprised as he made his first
point ever. He was very proud and so was I. It
was a great visit there and I got a real kick
out of sharing conversation and giving away the
points made during the visits.
One of the men I met there was a High School
Football coach called up from the National
Guard. He spoke so proudly of his 7 year old
Grandson that of course I had to give him a
point. He no sooner got it in his hand when he
stated that he would give it to his Grandson. So
I made him another and said to him that anyone
who would share all they had of anything
deserves one for himself. He mentioned that he
really enjoyed the conversation that we shared
as I knapped. He said that conversation was an
art that has almost been lost with a lot of
people. As I thought about what he said I
realized that one of the reasons I enjoy the
hobby of knapping so much is not just making a
point but the time shared doing it. During our
visit that evening we talked about old times,
family and the simple things that are
appreciated so much more than others. I guess it
is just one of those many blessings like I am
sure being there that night with those folks
meeting that man, and sharing memories with new
friends. It is just another way GOD comforts
those who miss HOME SO MUCH!!! I know that night
making points was just a sideline to sharing
quality time with the ANGELS GOD sent to help
ease my heart of who I was worrying about and
missing so much. It was like being with my own
coach and having a favorite uncle to share the
pain. GOD Bless and Take Care!!! Thanks for your
kindness I truly appreciate it!!!
Melvin Harbin (Materials)
Camp Al-Kut G3
APO AE 09332
Well....This is getting a little
challenging...MAY 10th, the tornado that came
through Missouri tagged the house. We have to
relocate for a few months while repairs are made
....big UGH! However, Thank you Lord, we are
safe and sound. Her house is in 40 acres of
large timber. ALL the big trees are flat. Looks
like a war zone. Amazing but the house is still
standing. While it sustained substantial damage,
it can be fixed. Super friends, knappers Michael
Dees and Craig Ratzat came to the rescue
spending days of their own time clearing a way
back through the woods to her house. Thank you
Craig & Michael!
January ice storm -
Flooded in March
Tornado in May
Hey, June was pretty nice!
in these troubled times:
"The will of God will never take you where the Grace
of God will not protect you"
Check out the
Bible Page! Great Links!
Ray's going DEER HUNTNG this year (2012) with his atlatl!
Stay tuned, if we hear anything, we will let you know what
(eh...nope, nada, nuttin')
'07 ~ First
legal squirrel kill
with an Atlatl in Missouri.
Ray Madden writes:
Thought you might like a photo of opening
day in Missouri for the first year of
legal atlatl hunting.
Carbon dart with extra weight in the front,
and a straight stick, mixed hook atlatl,
with a few groves for a hand grip.
Back to Top
Two deer were taken by atlatl dart in Missouri.
SAMBAR STAG BILLETS
Spears has been working his fingers to the bone getting this
rare horn ready for you abo knappers! He says it is like
knapping with ivory ~ fantastic horns! We made a sizeable
purchase and will have some on the website next week for
you. First come, first serve.
Jim Spears ABO TOOLS
LARGE ARE SOLD OUT.
Goldstone, FiberOptic, Cherry Quartz Glass!
work making these beauties for you to chip ~ You will LOVE
December 7 ~ A day in infamy
Thank you for volunteering, Daddy, Uncle
Bud, Uncle Bill ~ all in Heaven now but I
miss you so much.