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