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Crafts of the Past

A look back at ancestral handicrafts such as knapping flint tools, creating silver filigree, preparing gold amalgam for coating silver, creating ceramic objects, winding glass beads and more.

  1. Antique Turkoman Silver Pendant Asik Ersari Tribal Design

    by on 01-01-2012 at 04:39 PM (Crafts of the Past)
    Quote Originally Posted by CraftsofthePast View Post

    Antique Turkoman Silver Pendant Asik Ersari Tribal Design
    Antique silver Turkoman pendant called asik by the Turkoman. This plain ungilded silver with a certain cut of the gemstone is characteristic of the Ersari tribe of 1900, according to Dieter and Reinhold Schlechter, Old Silver Jewelry of the Turkoman.

    There are circular tracings for decorations
  2. Stone Ornamentation

    by on 09-12-2011 at 12:53 PM (Crafts of the Past)
    I have a more complete description of some of the crafts that I will discuss in this blog along with photos at my studio at

    In addition to making stone tools, mankind also used stone to satisfy his more aesthetic and spiritual needs. He thus came to create body ornamentation to attract people to him and to protect himself from bad things such as disease and evil spirits.

    When a person found a stone such as the ones on this string of ...

    Updated 09-12-2011 at 01:05 PM by CraftsofthePast

  3. Stone Age Tool Making

    by on 09-03-2011 at 10:17 AM (Crafts of the Past)
    High tech tools 100,000 years ago reach the stage demonstrated in many chapters of the Youtube tutorial at flintknapping clovis chapter 1 - YouTube

    In my collection I have many such tools; the usable core of such a tool in a different level of development is listed for sale at

    There is a lot to explore on the subject of the development of handmade tools and ornaments throughout human history. This ...
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