Poster for the main event
While we were there we were invited to visit a number of homes, some of which had their own ‘Marble yards’ and other venues like the ‘Monroe County Marble Club Super Dome’ in Kentucky. One of our trips was to Malcolm Strong’s marble yard, in Moss, Tennessee; here we were shown the process of producing local ‘Flint’ Marbles.
The hand made marbles of local ‘Flint’ which is a silica-based mineral like quartz and obsidian, is found in many colours, each shade has its special characteristics:
Yellow Flint - clearer yellow flint is the most highly prized by players and the toughest flint with the greatest density.
Red Flint – is the most highly prized for its beauty, but always too brittle for game use.
Brown Flint - is favoured by some players because it blends with the colour of the marble yard and is harder for opponents to see.
White Flint – is a lightweight flint, but favoured by some champions like Russell Collins because they can see it easily on the yard, or they just ‘like the looks of it’. Grey & Black Flint – few play with marbles from this material, though it is fairly common and of a good density, but considered unattractive.