(Stone Age hand sculpture, 300 mm X 400 mm, 2008-March, by Jarret H. Clark)

Consist out of the following;

  1. Bone knife to work bait, clean, dissect and fillet his catch of the day and in extreme cases could be utilised for defence.
  2. Bone harpoon tip with attached sisal line to extract a large fish from the water which allows more such tips to be placed in the spearing shaft  and allow this fisherman to harvest more than one large fish with his harpoon. The harpoon also in extreme cases are utilised in defence,
  3. Bone handled fishing tackle equipped with a bone hook attached to some cotton line.

This hand sculptured pieces of a Stone Age fisherman’s characters tools of his trade consist out mostly of bone, wood and plant materials such as sisal and cotton rope.

Although the hand sculpturing was done with hand tools such as saws, files, chefs blow torch, steel brush, sanding paper and a handbill it only served as better and faster original Stone Age methods.

Most of the wood is taken from South African local species, inexpensive cattle bone was used by boiling and preparing it for initial work while fresh.

The original idea behind this artwork was to develop them as props for Stone Age characters for three reasons.

Firstly to analyse these sculptured works for their practical use by my characters in aiding me to write more realistic stories which would support my props.

The second reason was that these sculptured Stone Age props then could be utilised in exhibitions as artworks to promote my story or stories based on them and therefore have the added benefit of promoting the diverse work behind my effort.

The third reason only featured from the experience of actually manufacturing these sculptures provided me with the added benefit of experience the use and techniques that may have been utilised by the Stone Age craftsmen and women to add their crafts also to my stories.

This Stone Age fisherman and his Neanderthal college would in my original idea become the travelling companions of my leading character being the banished desert nomad.

It would be a story based on the trading, life, crafts, cultures, and travelling between various Stone Age peoples and experiences.

My leading character was from a desert woodland area and only utilised wood and plant material as original tools due to the desert had no rocks and very large animals to justify extravagant bone tools.

His first experience with bone made tools was with this fisherman and his eccentric Neanderthal oarsman.