When I was on my last bike ride and took a break to look for arrow heads I found an artifact. I showed it to my friend Mike who is a flint knapper and an experienced arrow head hunter. Mike is a colleague of mine in the printing industry but also like me Mike is interested in history. When I showed the grey flint stone to him he told me the type of flint, approximate age of the artifact 2,000-10,000 years old and a brief description of the steps involved in chipping a tool like mine from this very hard sedimentary rock.
Right before I found the stone knife I spotted a twisted green tarnished tie wire laying in the dirt. I noticed what this piece of discarded debris was right away. The curious thing is the telegraph lines along the railroad grades I now stood were taken down in the 1970's. I folded the wire and stuck it in the back pocket of my cycling jersey. After thinking about it for a few days here is what I came up with. I had to shorten the loop on the tie because it had probably been twisted around the much larger diameter of a Hemingray 42, a common recent glass insulator. Look closely at the wire off the right side of the insulator. My two twists are a more relaxed angle and then it is apparent where the original twist begins. I just wanted to see the wire attached to one of my older insulators that you won't find today in the wild. Insulators look best photographed in direct sunlight. I love the green glow cast onto the burlap in the first picture. The micro bubbles in the dome of the Brookfield are a nice detail revealed only after loading the shots up to the computer.
Pictured above is the Coshocton flint knife and other points found in my own and three surrounding counties.