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  1. Down but not out

    Woke up Christmas eve sick as a dog. Christmas was cancelled. Sunday took the Covid test and was negative. Monday was in the hospital and found out I have pneumonia. Took the cure but still have it. It's rough and still have it. Back to hospital today for more tests. Results tomorrow...
  2. Brecciated Jasper Points

    A geologist/knapper friend of mine purchased a piece of jasper at a show for $10. He slabbed it, heated it, and knapped these two points. Amazing they held together.
  3. 🔎 UNIDENTIFIED Rock ID

    Someone posted a pic of this rock in the last couple of days. I can't find the original post, but I got an ID on the rock from a geologist friend. He says: "My best guess is that the stone is silty sandstone and the oval formations are fossil limpet shells that have had their conical tops...
  4. My Camera Died

    My Sony no baloney digital camera died. Shopping for a new one. Way too many choices out there. What camera do you use? Do you like it? Does it have a macro setting? I take a lot of close-ups. I figure I have a $1000 limit. What brands/models would you look at?
  5. Cellar Hole Question

    Did the pioneers in Cent. IL (1830's) have cellar holes? I've never seen one, but have really never looked. All the long gone houses I hunt are now in ag fields so that's out. Maybe an old place in the woods? Just curious how long the cellar holes were around. Gary
  6. Hook's Dovetail

    A knapper friend from MI makes real nice Ohio Flintridge dovetails. He set out to make a copy of a famous dovetail called the "Hook's Dovetail". I don't know the history of it but it's been known to collectors for a long time. My friend obtained a large slab of Flintridge and succeeded in...
  7. Clovis Platter Bifaces

    I've been reading Gramly's new book. "The Bowser Road Mastodon..." Gramly says the way Africans kill elephants is by first disabling them with an axe chop to the Achilles tendon. Once cut, the elephant can't walk and can be dispatched with spears. So where would a paleo Indian get an axe...
  8. Blue Glass Lens

    Does anyone know what this lens came off of? It has to be ornamental I'd think. Blue is not a color for car lights, airplanes, or boats that I know of. Gary
  9. Another Day Indoors

    Spring is coming, just not yet.:icon_scratch: Gary
  10. No Picnic Today

    This is my picnic spot in my woods. Looks cold and lonely...but, spring is coming fast! Gary
  11. Virginia: Catoctin Greenstone

    I started knapping in '85 and started pecking and polishing celts about the same time. Before the internet, information was sometimes hard to get. I had read about "greenstone" in a book. Superior material for making celts and axes. The celts we find around here are often made of green...
  12. Illinois: Glacial Till Chert

    I was chatting with Siwash and he wanted to see some glacial till flint. Here are two pieces of the grey/tan stuff. Some of the largest I've ever found. The grey one is about 6", the other 4 1/2". All my other samples are outdoors under snow right now. Ask to see them next spring! I made...
  13. Wife Wanted To Go...

    I was heading out the door to detect and my wife said she wanted to go. We drove 3/4 of a mile to a chiseled corn field with long gone farm houses. I started swinging my AT Pro and it didn't take long to find a target. Rang up 55 on the VDI. Dug the plug and started in with my trowel and...
  14. Musket Loading Questions

    I own many modern firearms and have since I was a kid. I don't, however, know much about black powder firearms. Question 1: A soldier is about to load his musket. He pulls a "cartridge" (a lead slug with a paper container attached with powder) out of his box and bites the end off of the...
  15. Badcock & Simpson button info?

    Found this dime size brass (?) button at a long gone 1870's farm site. More interesting since it has a name. Is this name from a button maker or a line of work clothes? Gary
  16. Large Uniface Blade

    I walked out into a freshly picked bean field yesterday looking for signs of an old house site. Field about 1mi. west of the W. Okaw/Kaskaskia River junction. No detector, just scouting. Field needed chiseled and rained on as it was still trashy. Found a rim of a crock, a piece of glass and...
  17. Will It Ever Rain?

    Bought a new Nox 800 and was pumped up to try it out. Grabbed my shovel and walked across the road the the cow pasture. Got a "20" signal and tried to dig. Ugh! The dirt was like concrete. Impossible for my crippled old body to dig. Headed to a bean field that was just cut and it was the...
  18. NOX 800 Question

    I bought a Nox 800. My wife says I have more money than sense. After struggling through the 68 page instruction book I think she's right. I charged it up and took it outside with a handful of coins in 2x2's plus my wife's 14K white gold wedding ring. The Morgan dollar screamed at 36. Mr...
  19. Signs of Fall

    I took a few pics yesterday. Seeing quite a few Praying Mantis. The poison ivy is one of the first to turn. Lots of red usually. I tried to get a pic of this bird but he was pretty far away. I think it's a Phoebe. You can tell because they always flick their tails up and down. My 2...
  20. Monarch

    I tried to get a good pic of this Monarch but he wouldn't co-operate. Couldn't get him with his wings spread all the way. My wife's zinnia patch is a magnet for butterflies. Gary
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