Posts Tagged With: arrowhead

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

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onondaga chert

Well this was the first point that I made as a twenty year old. I don’t have time to upload photos right now but here’s the link to my paleoplanet thread.

Here’s a couple of photos of the point.

Take care.

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Bombay sapphire/ Robert Chaplin

Last fall I made some points for my friend named Robert Chaplin. he gave me three empty bottles of Bombay sapphire alcohol. It’s a pale light blue, and I made him four points. Rob laser welded silver wire around each and made them into pretty pendants. Here’s a link to a cool project that Rob’s been working on (royal canadian snowflakes). Here’s a link to his blog (click here). He’s always writing about something interesting and witty.

These are the Bombay sapphire points.

If you’re interested in ordering custom arrowheads drop me an email at harleyslade @ hotmail . com, or leave a comment with your email address, and we’ll get in touch.

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first point of 2012

Like the lithified mud-stone from a few posts back, this rock came from a guy at a knap in who collected the stone in the columbia river gorge. There’s an amazing variety of material that comes out of that river, I just wish there were more easily accessible gravel bars.

I lost this point somewhere..  I’m sure it’ll turn up in one of my pockets, but I sure like the look of this rock. I have two more slabs of the stuff and I’ve been saving it for when I’m itching to make a cool looking point.

I made this point on jan 1, 2012 at about 4 pm.


See you tomorrow!

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obsidian gunther

She’s pretty cute!

Gunther point styles are a somewhat impractical point style, which were made in the west coast of North America. They are relatively difficult to make and the only advantage to having the wings would be to serve as barbs after the arrow penentrates. The fragile nature of the rock it is made of and low tensile strength, I would assume, makes this a very unstable and all around poor hunting point. This point style was more likely used as it is today; it was made primarily as a way to show off a flintknappers skill.

Thanks for dropping by! I’m just over half way through my goal for march now… Hooftah!

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Silicified mud-stone

This stuff is sweet. I love it. Apparently it’s a mud-stone that lithified or agatised, after a bit of heat the rock slicks up and works beautifully.

But then again, I’m a sucker for the brown rocks.

This material comes from the Columbia River Gorge..  and a fat lot of good that does anyone trying to find it..  The gorge runs for miles and miles with very few access points. The best way that I can figure for you to explore the area is to get yourself a boat and hug the shoreline looking for river bars that you can search for knappables. I know of knappable stone that comes from the Deschutes area and from Biggs. Other than that i have no idea. I went to the gorge at the access point near George Washington, (the town.. not the guy) and I found a few pieces of different coloured opalites.. but they were few and far between, with the source of the rock potentially anywhere along the cliffs of the gorge. Good luck to any of you trying to find rock. If you find some sources and are willing to help a brother out, let me know! haha.

But i digress..  Here’s my arrowhead

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silver sheen leaf blade.

I’m not sure weather or not i’ll notch this one. He’s about three minutes away from being a pretty sweet little gobbler (turkey tail). Let me know what you guys think about this one. Should I keep it like this as a leaf blade? Or should i throw two notches in it and call it a turkey tail? Leave a comment on this post and if you want it notched I’ll throw up an update when it’s done.


Thanks for looking! Only two more days until my birthday and the release of my final teenagecaveman video.


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Sandy bottom point

There’s some nice swirl in this one. It’s also one of the first where my parallel oblique flaking started to show through. I’m still not that great at making that flake pattern but with each point I get better.  The bottom of this point looks like some sort of poorly silicified dirt or sand  and it knapped like that too, although it was surprisingly brittle. It sure makes for an interesting point though.

While knapping this rock, she was giving off a putrid smell of petrol, i guess we can call it western stink rock. Eastern stink rock is the infamous Onondaga chert. one of these days ill knap out a point made of Onondaga for you guys and gals.

Thanks for looking!

Thanks for looking guys, and check out my youtube series shutupandknap. this week’s video series started uploading on thursday.

Have a good one!

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Day 8.. the White Gold’ Scotty.

Well, 4 more days until my birthday… 20 years. Hmm it doesn’t seem like 20 years does it. 1992… I’m approaching my fourth year knapping also. Could it be that I started flintknapping at 16? No, not quite… I’m approaching my third year flintknapping.

Here’s one of my first posts on paleoplanet…

Aaaaah good times.

Speaking of good times, two years ago (almost to the day), my mom, sister and I made our way down to the grand canyon during spring break. It was bitterly cold in the high altitudes of northern Arizona. We had snow almost every day, but it made for some amazing photographs of the canyon. On our way back we snaked through Nevada and Oregon. In a little pseudo-ghost town known for its mean cops and their tendency to ride your ass so that you have to speed in order to avoid a collision, I found this piece of rock. It’s a form of white chert from Goldfield Nevada. Little did I know, right close to that town is some of the most amazing jasper in the world. It was given the ingenious name of “Goldfield jasper”… oh well, I guess flintknappers aren’t the most creative bunch? haha

Anyways… here’s the point that I made out of the rock. It’s like a scottsbluff, but a little stubbier. Let me know if you have a better name for it. Until then it’s the “white Goldfield Scottsbluff”


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day 7: nevada bullseye jasper

I started this guy while I was ice fishing with my grandpa on reading break. I finally got around to finishing up the edge-work today and it sure was worth it. Such amazing stone, and apparently only about 10% of the stone that comes out of the source is knappable. This piece looks like a nasty purple bruise down at the base. Either that, or a delicious, oddly coloured, marbled steak… mmm steak… haha

This is the third point that I’ve made out of the stuff and I like it better each time I try it. There’s always a surprise inside and each piece is different.

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