Author Archives: harleyslade

About harleyslade

i'm a flintknapper, bowyer, fisherman, ceramicist and i am currently studying geology at a post secondary school. to sum it all up in one name: i'm a rocktard.

Back from the North with all my fingers.

Hi there. It’s been a year since my last post. I spent the last half year working in Ft. McMurray Alberta, and in that time I neglected everything that I did on the internet. I left people hanging without sending things out and I didn’t upload any videos. I don’t have any real excuses for that other than I was working and it made me feel bad thinking about it.

I have some plans for the website to make it more of a static site with branches that will have all of the different things that i do in separate parts. One of my newest activities is making fishing lures out of different metals and painting them. I hope to show some of these soon, along with some recent flintknapping work and a bit of jewelry. I will also be updating the “store” page so that there are actual items instead of just a link.

Thanks for reading and I’ll be doing more of this soon.

Here’s a sneak peak:

Homemade coloured glass arrowhead, copper fishing spoon and a silver ring made from a 1963 dime.

DSC_0052

H.

Categories: miscellaneous | Leave a comment

Big Foot exists :: new evidence

NEW BIG FOOT EVIDENCE

 

Last May, I went up to Campbell river with my grandparents to go fish the Elk river. Every year I try to come up and catch some rainbows as they enter the river to spawn.

We had another late spring this year, on BC but not quite as late as last year. grandpa and I fished all day and couldn’t catch a thing. But here’s the story of how I found this.

 

Grandpa and I were slowly working our way down to the mouth of the elk river. One riverbank was washed out and a log jam had accumulated. We couldn’t wade around it because of the spring freshet, so we had to backtrack through the woods. After getting our flyrods tangled up in the shrub willows and elk-stunted spruce trees we broke free into an old river basin. The ground was primarily made of gravel except for one little pocket of pebbles. This is where I found my track. The second I point it out to grandpa, he says “oh that’s a person footprint” and then leaves right away to go and try fishing. Luckily I didn’t fall for it, and took a couple of pictures.

 

Here we go, Sasquatch exists.

Click the foot for a really big image, it is fully downloadable, just give credit where credit is due.

 

Categories: miscellaneous, nature | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

glass bottle recycling.

Hello there. It’s time for another update.

It’s my latest space age material. Recycling to the max, if you will.

So a month or so back I decided to see if I could melt bottles into knappable slabs in my kiln. First try, right off the bat I get it right. When you melt the bottles at cone 05 you avoid any complications with crystals forming from the kiln wash and you get a perfect melt. Because of how thin the glass slabs are, the annealing happens over night. Make sure the glass is cool to the touch before you decide to take them out into the harsh air.

Here’s the first point that I got out of the bottle glass slab.

That point is worth a heck of a lot more than it would have been if I had just got the deposit back on the bottle. If you’re interested in adding this, or any of my other work into your collection you can check out my online store by clicking the link below:

http://www.flintknappers.com/store.php?sid=MTQ5Mg%3D%3D

 

 

 

Categories: arrowheads, experiments, flint knapping, glass, materials, pottery, spear point | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

A tomahawk gift

Hello there, thanks for dropping by, today I’ll be filling you in on some of the things that I’ve been up to this summer.

First on the list is this tomahawk that I made as a birthday present for my good friend Matthiew Dyck. Here’s his website: http://matthewdyck.com/blog/

The hawk head is made out of a really nice piece of midnight lace obsidian from the Glass buttes Oregon. The handle is a seasoned old piece of lilac that I collected from a demolition site. It breaks my heart to kill beautiful old plants, but I’d rather put them to use than have them trucked off to a landfill. I made the jade inlay from a scrap of jade that I picked up off the ground at the maple ridge rock club.  If I remember correctly I stuck the hawk head into the handle with pine pitch glue.
click on the images for a high resolution view.

 

My tomahawks are fully functional as chopping tools, for throwing, they would be able to wistand being thrown into soft targets such as straw-bails, foam-board or a deer but I have had some trouble with the obsidian cracking when the hawk is thrown into wooden targets.

If anyone is interested in commissioning a hawk drop me a line and we can work something out. For a tomahawk like this I would want somewhere in the neighborhood of 400$. My pricing depends on the wood for the handle, the material for the hawk-head and the overall size and quality of the finished piece.  If you are interested in a hand knapped, throwing tomahawk I can make the blade out of some tough rock that will take a real beating. My email is harleyslade@hotmail.com or you can reach me through the comments here.

Thanks for stopping by, and I look forward to doing business with you.

Harley

Categories: carving, flint knapping, miscellaneous, stone, tomahawk, wood work | Leave a comment

I’m back

Hi there Rocktards… well it’s been a couple of months. Sorry for ignoring you guys. If you hadn’t realized, the previous post was an april fools day joke.
I don’t have a great excuse for neglecting this blog, all I can say is life got in the way. If you’re itching to see me you can check out my youtube flintknapping channel here: http://www.youtube.com/user/shutupandknap?feature=mhee
I’ve been keeping busy with all of my primitive things. I made a primitive, wood and bone crossbow for a father’s day gift. I’ve been making a whole bunch of arrowheads, quite a lot of ceramics and pottery, and pretty much anything that I feel like making. I’m going to start up the blog again soon. So keep your eyes open!
To start it all off again, I’ll show you guys a few pictures I took of some wildlife I encountered a few weekends ago:
Yellow-bellied racer: I’ve only ever seen 6 of these guys, and two of them were flattened on the road. This guy unfortunately had a whole in its side and some of his guts were hanging out. It happened quite a while ago because the guts had dried out and turned black. These snakes are some of the most beautiful graceful snakes in our region. When this racer stretched itself out it was about 3 and a half feet long. If you stumble upon one of these guys they usually slither away, but if you’re planning on getting a new pet, grab a hold of them and then grip their neck as close to the head as possible (on the sides) and stroke the belly until it calms down. Although these guys aren’t poisonous they do have a few rows of sharp teeth, and I wouldn’t want to be bitten by an animal that eats leeches, rodents, bugs and fish. Who knows what diseases are festering within their mouths. Once they calm down they don’t try to bite you as much.


Painted Turtle: these guys are supposedly endangered… I saw about 100 in one day that weekend. They’re beautiful turtles, their main predators are cows and people, both of which destroy their habitat. These turtles are found from BC to the Maritimes and all throughout the northern and central states. The young are carnivorous and gradually become herbivorous as they reach adulthood.


Abandoned kill-deer egg: these things, believe it or not come out of a little shore bird that is only about 5 inches tall, with two inch long legs. This egg was about two inches at the longest and an inch and a half wide. A nest usually has four of these. These little guys normally freak out if you’re anywhere near their nests and act injured to lure away large predators. The birds were nowhere to be seen when we found this little guy, and the three other eggs, that would normally accompany this one, were absent.


Anyways we had an awesome father’s day weekend and saw some amazing wildlife. Thanks for dropping by and if you haven’t subscribed yet, do. That way you can see my sporadic nature photographs and primitive art posts when I post them.
Take care
Harley

Categories: miscellaneous, nature | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

unknown fire egg

I found this bizarre egg while I was hiking the volcano in Hawaii two years ago. When I first picked it up it was so hot, It blistered my right thumb and forefinger quite badly.  I scooped it up in one of my socks and let it cool down enough to put in my pocket. I have no idea what type of animal it comes from, but I’m assuming it’s some sort of bird. I half expected to be able to crack the egg open and eat it for lunch but the stupid shell was too thick and it sounded hollow anyways. So far the thing hasn’t started to stink, so I guess there’s nothing inside.

If any of you have some idea of what kind of bird could have laid this thing..  please, let me know!

Categories: miscellaneous | 1 Comment

The last post of march..

Thanks for all of the support everyone! It’s hard to believe I made it through the month. Special thanks to my girlfriend for proof reading and editing almost all of my writing. It makes a huge difference and I can tell the ones you missed c:

My plan for the future is to write an entry every Sunday, Wednesday and Friday for the next few months, so be sure to tune in and see what I’m up to.

 

Last Wednesday I made a Humboldt spear point for my flintknapping Youtube channel (link will be here when it’s finished uploading). After I was finished I made a cedar frame out of planks that I split off of our old chopping block. I stained the wood with charcoal and beeswax and hand carved all of the joins. I’m going to use my dad’s radial arm saw soon so that I can get better fits in the future, but until then I’ll have to cope with my little draw-knife.

The spear point is glued in with hot glue and fastened with homemade stinging nettle cordage.

I hope you like it!

Categories: flint knapping, spear point, wood work | Leave a comment

bone and stone carvings

In spirit of my last post.. I’m going to show you guys some more of my carvings.

I made the soapstone bear/bearclaw for my new uncle Bob Buckley and the raven made of moose leg-bone for my friend Pat Braden.

Thanks for dropping by, and sorry for the short post.

Categories: miscellaneous | 3 Comments

Wood stove ceramics.

This was a little experiment to see if my fireplace would get hot enough to fire a ceramic bowl.

the clay is just standard white plainsman sea mix clay that we got on sale at greenbarn pottery supply (link)

The pot seems to be bisqued, in that it isn’t soluble anymore but the clay is still permeable to water. I made the designs on the outside by burning wood chips next to the red hot pot as it cooled and the black splotches were made by melting feathers onto the outside of the pot.

It was the first try and there was a little explosion on the bottom of the piece. oh well it’s alright..  it adds character.

Thanks for looking!

Categories: pottery, wood fired | Tags: , , , , , | Leave a comment

White petrified wood point

I bought this piece of rock at the maple ridge rock club. It’s a great slab of some even better material. I think it may be opalised wood from Nevada. It’s the only place that I’ve ever seen a stone like that come from. If I had to guess I would say it came from McDermit nevada.

This one’s for sale here, if you’re interested: it’s 35 bucks

http://www.flintknappers.com/detail.php?pid=MTQ3MDc%3D

Categories: arrowheads, flint knapping, rock hounding, USA | Tags: , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Create a free website or blog at WordPress.com.