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Hmm... I thought that would take longer to explain. I guess I've got room to tell you the story of The Archaeologist, The Niece, The Uncle and The Knapper.
An archaeologist living in Labrador contacted me last September with a few photos of a very nice point that was found during one of his excavations last summer. The crew member who found it was the niece of a man who thought that a flintknapped reproduction of the point would make a fine necklace. He wanted it made as a Christmas surprise for his niece, so I made the necklace and in October when the uncle was in St. John's he picked it up. Everyone was happy. The End.
... until the Fine Craft and Design Fair, in November....
A young woman came into my booth and explained that she was an archaeology student who was a crew member working with my archaeologist friend in Labrador last summer. She described finding this one particular point and wanted to know if I could make her a reproduction as a necklace if she sent me some photos of it. I realized right away that she was the niece and that her uncle had already got her exactly the necklace she wanted, but I couldn't very well tell her that. I was stuck. I couldn't say "no" without spoiling the surprise and I couldn't say "yes" and make her another necklace knowing that she already had one on the way. So I had to say "sure, no problem" and then I spent the rest of the fair trying to come up with a way out it all. I e-mailed the archaeologist and let him know what was up and we decided that the best thing to do would be to drag my heels until after the holidays and all would be revealed on Christmas morning. Still, I dreaded having to come up with an excuse to put her off and I hoped she would forget about me. No such luck. A few days later the exact same photos that the archaeologist sent me back in September arrived in my inbox, but this time from the niece. I had to pretend that I'd never seen them before, struggle over a quote, and then fabricate an excuse why I couldn't possible knap a single arrowhead for her until 2010!
Since its 2010, I figured it would be safe to check in with her yesterday and everything worked out just fine. No one spoiled the surprise and she loved her necklace!
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Third: The Point at the centre of The Archaeologist, The Niece, The Uncle, and the Knapper
Fourth: The Reproduction, ready to be wired for a surprise Christmas Necklace