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Primitive Methods of Working Stone

Based on Experiments of Halvor L. Skavlem

Alonzo Pond - 1930

With an new introduction by John C. Whittaker, Ph.D.

 Gustav's Library Vintage Reprint

      When I found the original of this rare treatise on experimental stoneworking a couple of years ago in Ohio  I was quite surprised when none of  my acquaintances, amateur or professional, had ever heard of it.  Later on I found that it was known to a few modern flintknappers and is considered a classic work on stone tool manufacture.   

     In producing this facsimile reprint, we worked with the original publisher, The Logan Museum of Anthropology at Beloit College, Beloit, Wisconsin.  They provided the rare, original errata sheet as well as arranging for a new introduction to be written by Dr. John C. Whittaker, Professor of Anthropology of Grinnell College, Grinnell, Iowa.  Dr. Whittaker is a well-known author and modern authority on the manufacture of stone tools.

      Mr. Skavlem was a member of a pioneer Norwegian family in Wisconsin and became interested in the manufacture of stone implements when he found a broken celt in his cornfield in 1912 and thought about the manner in which stone tools could have been resharpened in antiquity.  He experimented with a common sense approach to the craft and became quite adept at turning out ground stone as well as flint tools.  This book describes the methods he developed of working stone over a fifteen year period and pictures many of the tools  that he produced.  As a matter of fact, the collection of his work is on permanent display at the Logan Museum of Anthropology at Beloit College in Beloit, Wisconsin and we would like to thank its curator, Dr. William Green, for his help in making this scarce and early work available again.

This 8-1/4" x 10-1/2",  171 page, soft cover, facsimile reprint is illustrated with 64 plates, many of which are full page.  $19.95


Bone Tools Skavlem Axe Test

Flaked Implements



  Flaked Totems


Sample Plates - click on image to enlarge


New Introduction by Dr. John C. Whittaker
Errata Sheet
Table of Contents
Chap. I. Observations of Primitive Stone-Working
Chap. II. Making Flaked Implements
Chap. III. Flint Fracture By Man and Nature
Chap. IV. Making Pecked and Ground Implements
Chap. V. The Skavlem Ax and Tree Cutting
Chap. VI. Relation of Material to Types, Classes and Techniques