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Working with Hands - James E. Price

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Recently I was called upon to make some bone tools like those used on the frontier in the late 18th Century along The Wilderness Road and The Cumberland Gap.


The photos show the tools I made out deer bones. I added some of my feelings to these bone tools about what it was like to live in southwestern Virginia at that time. And, I added my concepts of art in natural bones, taking advantage of their shapes and cavities to transform them into tools as been done for tens of thousands of years.

Top left is a needle case and needle made from the canon bone of a deer. Lower left is an awl made from the end of a canon bone. In the center is a fishing kit with a bone fishhook and a line winder made from a piece of rived red oak. Upper right is an awl made from a deer ulna. Lower right is a corn shucking peg fashioned from a deer ulna.

Different view.

This is a bone thread or string winder made from a deer humerus.

This photo shows the bone thread winder details.

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