County Road 12 - Flintknapper

Cowboys and indians, a game we all played as kids. Most everyone wanted to be the cowboy but a few of us wanted to be the indian. Such is the case with a fellow here in Montgomery who has taken a passion for native American culture a step further. Debbie Williams caught up with him somewhere out along County Road 12.

He's called a flintknapper "I always wanted to be the indian I guess." An ancient skill, used by Native Americans to make arrowheads.  "There's something about taking a piece of rock and with one blow at a time making it look like you want it to look like where you master the rock, it don't master you." says Stanley Payne.

The result of his work, nothing less than amazing. "The first arrowhead I ever found, I ran over it with my bicycle tire on a baseball field, an old abandoned field and I've been hooked on indian lore ever since." That curiousity made him want to know more. "Hunting artifacts and not knowing how they were made but now I know how they were made.

So, once I learned it I can't stop it ."  The proof is in the rocks. "Anybody can make a blade out of steel but everybody can't make a blade out of rock." He says it's in his blood, his indian blood. He's part Cherokee. By chipping away flakes of rock, he connects the future with the past. "I'll never stop flintknapping, never. There's just something about it, and I ain't hurtin' nobody it's just a rock."