where do you get the material for knapping your projects, can they be purchased as kit's? handle materials and information on how to build a stone project like in your pictures? Is this availavble for a novice like myself. - CHUCK HARRISON, Fri, 3 Dec 2010 10:20PM
recently found site containing clovis point and numberous stone tools along with several fossils, all exposed after a rain storm. - roger thornton, Thu, 18 Nov 2004 3:08PM
1 Thunderchert best 1 These are all made from toilet tank porcelain, aka "Johnstone" or "Thunder-Chert"!
2 Imgp1121 My first successfull attempt at fluting a clovis point. The other side was nearly as long, but a bit too shallow. I'm real psyched none-the-less.
3 Imgp1122 I immediately tried a couple of others...one broke (johnstone), and the flutes on the other one (un-cooked chert from Bakersfield, CA) came out kind of short, but otherwise Okedoke. "Your broken Clovis is identical to s..." "WOW you do excellent work. If we eve..." View Comments...
4 Obsidian Blade
6 "Johnstone" points.
7 Johnstone Paleopoint
8 McKitrick Chert - Unfluted Clovis With heat treating, the tan swirls turn bright red.
9 McKitrick Chert A decent knife blade. This stuff is kind of tough un-cooked.
10 McKitrick Fish I messed this one up, and in order to get rid of a big stack, I ended up with a real narrow base. Thought that I'd make it look like part of the act!
11 Johnstone v. McKitrick
12 Johnstone (aka Thunder Chert!) For some reason, I'm really liking this stuff!
13 Plate Glass Paleo
14 Plate Glass Paleo
15 Obsidian Blade
16 Novaculite Leaf
18 Clovis (Johnstone) The flake from the flute held together in one piece. See next shot.
19 Clovis Same point as last shot. I saved the flake so I could see how much material was lost in preparing the other side for fluting (the other side didn't flute as well).
20 Novaculite Blade & Reindeer Antler
21 Spanish Diggins Quartzite
22 Brown Flint Points
23 The Knapping Pit!
24 Plate-Glass Clovis
25 Plate-Glass Clovis Electrified!
26 Johnstone Clovis
27 Thin & Wide
28 Johnstone Blades
29 Johnstone Clovis
30 Imgp1264 Bleeder-Blade Atlatl Dart foreshaft - prehistoric european style!
32 Imgp1269 Assorted Paleo points (mostly). The largest is about 6"long (to provide some scale).
33 Imgp1270 Texas flint - unfluted clovis
36 Imgp1273 Central Coast of California chert - the color didn't come through in the photo...it's a nice green color.
37 Imgp1287 Texas flint arrow point, hafted in bamboo arrow-shaft with hide-glue, pitch and sinew.
39 Imgp1289 Matched weight and ready for action.
42 Imgp1305 Midnight-lace obsidian
43 Small Barbed Points - variety of material
44 Texas Flint atlatl point This one came out very thin and sharp. See next photo
45 Imgp1363 Same point from last photo. Got this one thin, sharp, and symmetrical. Getting better at making them thin (but not too thin!).
46 Imgp1374 Salvaged blue dinner plate
47 Once in a Blue Moon
48 Imgp1411 Red Jasper - Stone from the Mojave desert, California. With no heat treatment, this stone is tuff stuff! Like the colors though.
49 Imgp1410 Brown Jasper (this stuff was barely knappable, very grainy and tough) blade - stone from the Mojave desert, California.
50 Imgp1409 Red Jasper - Mojave desert
51 Imgp1408 Jasper points from stone collected in the Mojave Desert, California. "Hi,
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52 Imgp1400 Plate glass clovis
53 Drill Bit I use this one a lot to ream out sockets for atlatl dart foreshafts. I hold the bit between my feet with the point facing up. THen spin the atlatl shaft material onto the dril as if I'm spinning up a friction fire. It works amazingly well!
54 Little Skinner McKitrick Chert set in deer leg bone with pine pitch.
55 Midnight Lace Atlatl Point
56 Midnight Lace Atlatl Point
57 4 Atlatl Points Left to right: Obsidian, McKitrick Chert, McKitrick Chert, "Johnstone"
58 Atlatl Point - McKitrick Chert
59 Atlatl Point - McKitrick Chert
60 McKitrick - Hafted I cleaned up the last McKitrick point, made a tang on the point, and hafted it in a hardwood foreshaft with pine pitch and sinew.
61 Hafted McKitrick - Back lit
62 Hafted McKitrick - Side View I tried making a smooth transition from point to foreshaft. Note the pitch used to create a ramp from the stone to the wood. Probably should clean up the sinew wrapping too.
63 The Spin test After setting the point in place with the pine pitch adhesive, I used the old spin test to see that the point was hafted straight. You can easily adjust the point before sinew is applied, by re-heating the pitch. Once the sinew is in place and dried, the point will be locked in place.
70 Imgp1716 My best blade yet! Out of un-treated Texas chert. Really tough stuff...had to percussion it 90% of the way. I was psyched when I finished this one.
71 Imgp1714 Same blade from the side
72 Imgp1713 The flip side!
73 Bloodrock! California Desert Jasper. A bit on the tough side, but beautiful.
74 Imgp1711 McKitrick Chert from California. Lots of surprises in this piece of stone. I'm surprised that it held together.
75 Imgp1728 Giant Johnstone Paleo!
76 Imgp1722 McKitrick atlatl dart point hafted with pitch and sinew in a Toyon foreshaft. The mainshaft is a local plant called "Mulefat." The atlatl dart is about 6'long.
77 Imgp1725 Same atlatl dart
78 Yukon atlatl dart Found melting out of an ice field
79 Imgp1745 Plate glass set in tiger maple with pitch. Yucca fiber cordage bolster.
80 Imgp1739 Same as previous
81 Imgp1754 Fused shale paleo...compliments of my good friend, Gary. Thanks Gary!
82 Imgp1751 Fused shale again.
83 Imgp1771 Obsidian - ready for percussion. I set up a continuous bevel and am about to take 4 flakes off of the bottom side.
84 Imgp1772 Well, here's 3 flakes placed back where they came from - fit just like a jigsaw puzzel.
85 Imgp1773 Same flakes
86 Imgp1786 Here's the same obsidian piece a little further along. At this point, I have a few more percussion flakes to take, and then I'll trim it up with the pressure flaker.
87 Imgp1756 Chert preform after about an hour of prep. In order to slow myself down, I decided to call it an evening and finish the blade tomorrow. I'll take a good look at things while watching TV and formulate a battle plan.
88 Imgp1793 Time well spent! I was very happy with the way this one turned out. It's got symmetry, it's relatively thin, and it's dark black and brown (my favorite colors on a stone knife blade)...what more could a primitive wannabe kninda guy ask for, eh?