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Spring River gem club presents flintknapping Sept. 1

Saturday, August 27, 2011

The Spring River Gem and Mineral Club cordially invites everyone to our Thursday morning, September 1, 2011, meeting, 10:00 AM, at the Omaha Center, Cherokee Village, Ark.

Special guest speaker, Al Spencer, will be presenting the program, "Getting Started in Flintknapping."

"Flintknapping" is the manufacture of stone tools. Flintknappers have been around for hundreds of thousands of years with the evidence of flintknappers found on all continents except Antarctica. This discussion will cover a fairly compressed history of flintknapping as well as basic tools, materials, exercises and readings for beginning flintknappers. Beginning techniques, guidelines, etiquette and "lessons learned" will also be covered. A demonstration of these techniques will also be given during the discussion.

Alan C. Spencer earned his BA at Brigham Young University, Utah; MA at University of Leicester, UK; and PhD at University of Leicester, UK.

An archaeologist for the Natural Resources Conservation Service for 31 years, he specializes in stone tool analysis and flintknapping.

Spencer is married to his high school sweetheart, Leesa. They have five children and six grandchildren. He enjoys playing and restoring pinball machines. He makes and uses an atlatl.

One of the things that formed his interest in archaeology and geology 45+ years ago was attending rock club/rock shows in Provo, Utah.

One of his prize possessions is an Estwing rock hammer, that he received for Christmas when he was 10. It has gotten smaller over the years; however, he still hasn't worn it out. He always looks for opportunities to pay back the many people that helped him find his rewarding career and avocation.

Please contact Spring River Gem and Mineral Club President Paul Grindol at 870-257-5623 for further information.

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