Stone age needle - just a old dream put to life.

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Stone Age needle
just an old dream put to life.

It’s not all wood!!!
Ok this time it is really not all wood, but since it can be made of hardwood also and with woodworking tools, I thought it could be at interest to you guys ‘n girls here.

My wonderful artist friend Flemming gave me some genuine Stone Age tools, a knife and two arrow heads.
This made me want to try and make an old dream, to make a Stone Age sewing needle.
Since I had some bones (not my own), I took a piece of this and started working on it.
Decided to use the fastest tools, since this was not a try to go back in time project, more a try if you can and if it really works project. Then drilled the hole and finished the needle with hand tools.

1. Arrow head, knife and my needle on top of the bone.
2. Size.
3. It actually works!
4. Using a genuine stone age Festool saw for cutting.
5. And the genuine 220v stone age lathe.
6. Not easy to make it this thin.

Perhaps this could inspire to go stone age.

Best thoughts,


-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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#1 posted 03-22-2015 07:51 PM

Now I’ll stop posting old projects for now, just had a few I thought could be at interest.

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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#2 posted 03-22-2015 08:09 PM

I see you like a challenge once in awhile. Turned out great. Sometimes it’s all about the experiences. Love the lathe too.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#3 posted 03-22-2015 09:05 PM

It’s funny that you’re also going into bone – I’ve started preparing my own stock last summer, and cut some for a rather complicated artsy project that will probably take years to accomplish. What kind of bone did you use for this? bovine?

-- Thomas - there are no problems, there are only solutions.

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#4 posted 03-22-2015 10:13 PM

i really like this one mads, that needle is really cool…my dogs keep bringing me bones, i think i will try this….maybe…lol..great job mads

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#5 posted 03-22-2015 11:18 PM

@ grizz if you’re really going to give bone a try, after boiling it twice (two different baths) for an hour or so, FORGET ABOUT BLEACH. You need hydrogen peroxyde (oxygenated water) and let it sit (covered) for several weeks, then into clear water until all the leftover peroxyde gets out. Bleach kills bone, it’s a big NO-NO. With H2O2 it ends up creamy and beautiful, hard as it must be, not a single trace of organic matter left to rot and stink on you, in a word, that’s the only way to go.

-- Thomas - there are no problems, there are only solutions.

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#6 posted 03-22-2015 11:31 PM

I can’t imagine how you turned it that thin!!

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#7 posted 03-23-2015 02:11 AM

Bad to the bone .
Wood working ,blacksmithing ,printing and now sewing you can do it all even cook .
Great little project and you proved it can be done even today .


-- Kiefer

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#8 posted 03-23-2015 02:36 AM

L:eave it to you Mads. I like this one. I’ve turned enough deer antler and finials on things to appreciate what you’ve done.

-- Dr. Ken, Florida - Durch harte arbeit werden Träume wahr.

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#9 posted 03-23-2015 08:52 AM

I love the description because of your stoneage-ac-tools! :D
But I am thinking a lot about someone missing in your neighbourhood now. :o
“Since I had some bones (not my own)...”

-- Uwe from Germany.

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#10 posted 03-23-2015 02:09 PM

You do cool stuff Mads, as long as the bone wasn’t part of your recently departed neighbor that is. Funny muesli. Another interesting project inspires lots of questions. Is that top tool basically a chisel or more of a hide scraper? What festool saw is that? Genuine stoneage festool, love it.

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#11 posted 03-24-2015 08:51 AM

Very fine work on this Mads. It looks functional and beautiful too. The ancients must have been very good craftsmen to make such fine tools out bones, antlers and flint. My son found a flint arrowhead inside the skeleton of what looked like a rabbit when we lived in Utah in the States. It probably wasn’t very old. It’s pretty amazing that the some were still in use not more than just a couple of hundred years ago.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#12 posted 03-24-2015 08:33 PM

Nice needle. That can be quite useful!!I may have make one, too for leather work!!

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#13 posted 03-25-2015 12:57 PM

Ditto what Klaus said. Wow!

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed. [email protected]

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#14 posted 03-27-2015 02:27 AM

Very neat, nice work.

-- Mike, Western New York

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#15 posted 03-27-2015 11:04 AM

I have one big hope – that I don’t drop it in a haystack…
(Ok I do better in wood than in jokes).
mp, thanks.
Roger, smiles (love your new photo).
Jim, you should, would like to see your go on it and how you could make it shine.
Stefang, that’s amazing to find that. I was just lucky to get gifts (this guy Flemming he spoils me often, he has a large tool collection). Yes they must have been so skilled and hungry… Smiles.
Tim, yes I promise a genuine stone age Festool, I had to dig the money out of my wallet to pay for it… Its a 55 with a CMS table, lovely for a small shop since it is easy to move. Also I like this German precision.

I have no idea where the bones came from…
Here are a few of my guests in the shop, one of them have been here for a while, I heard the two others gone missing…
Muisli, I don’t think I understand what you are talking about?
Ken, ahh so you know how crisp that is! quite amazing it is especially when we make it shine.
Klaus, thank you so for those kind words, I am curious, that’s all, really curious, feel life is so short and precious when there are so much I would love to try, so trying to just what I can as I go.
Lew, steady hand and a finger on the back.
Soda, you are an amazing guy, thanks. I have no idea, it was leftovers… (It was a gift from a place where they had have some class about bones). Thank you for telling us how it’s done, I do love bone as a material.
Grizz, no no don’t make turnings of the dog! Did I get this wrong?
doubled, yes that’s what its all about.
Thank you all for the comments.
Anyone want to come for dinner?
Best thoughts,

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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