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    Wiltshire Pebble

    hello Woody,
    I've posted similar details on the BCUSA forum regarding a brief history of Wiltshire flint/chert. The Wiltshire pebble you sent me I've yet to receive a positive I.D on this. I was thinking of grinding off an edge testing this with a fire steel to see if it'll shew sparks? a small similar nodule I have works with the steel striker. Examining such closely you can see what looks like small flint/chert nodules & viens of iron which are described in brief history of the Wiltshire flint/chert. Rather than using this pebble to create shew sparks in conjunction with the steel striker, I have a better suggestion. I'm thinking of drilling a hole centre & either leaving as such or implanting a race bearing creating a small pebble bearing block for my fire bow drill & hearth board FSK. This small pebble fits inside both my FSK tin & pouch.
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    Hi David, it does shew sparks.
    I have another pebble exactly the same, picked on the same location and day , and I cracked it in two so I could try it.
    It's mainly dark grey and wavey caramel colour layers.
    I'll post some pics later, it looks much like the other pebbles I sent you, including the one with orange rays and rusty spots.
    I found that some of these, have a glass like structure inside, much like flint, but others have more of a iron stone look and feel to them. Including layers.

    It seems to me , it's all the same rock type, ( flint) but as it's sedimentary, the organic compounds change colours and look accordingly.
    Iron is also common within these , as it's part of the soil composition in this area...

    What are they ? Dunno?! 😮
    Agate , iron stone , flint pebbles?

    Interesting stuff though...
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    hello woody,
    You've answered your own question. They're both flint & chert qualities & the others are iron pebbles marcasite. Keep hold of these especially the marcasite good for trade on the forums with the "stone kickers". Definitely of some interest especially originating from Wiltshire.
    Regards
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    Aye up, just a quick update on the previous post.
    Sorry but I can't edit the pics into the post above so here they are...




    Here is a slightly different one...
    Lighter in colour and found... ahem ...I mean rescued , from a driveway nearby.


    Both shew sparks and flake like flint...
    Best regards

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    hello Woody,
    Awesome find keep the location of these for next agate harvest. I added the image to Photoshop in an attempt to bring out the quality of the inner core colours. I think I'll try a slice off the edge of the pebble I have or work it smooth with a sharp edge to expose the inner & use it in my FSK with steel striker, could still double up as a pebble bearing block for my fire bow drill set. Oh Aye.. rescuing these pebbles from driveways & stopping small dogs from choking on them etc..
    Regards
    David

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    Good job on the colours there boss...
    It looks better.
    Best regards
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    hello Woody,
    Nothing wrong with your original image(s) I just wanted to enhance the colours a little. I'm going to try bevel the edge of my pebble without taking too much off & then use this with the steel striker. chuck em in the bucket if you find more.
    Regards
    David

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    Good job on the colours there boss...
    It looks better.
    Best regards
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