Saturday, April 14, 2018

Needed a container to store dried hide glue in, for my primitive tool kit.  I selected a pithy stem of a Jerusalem artichoke, and hollowed it out.  Sealing the butt end with a plug and pitch, I wrapped the open end with sinew, to keep it from splitting when the stopper was wedged in.  The tube also made a good core to wrap and store rawhide cordage.  Now, need to make a few more for mineral pigments.

Thursday, March 29, 2018

Hafted Cofield Blades

Missouri Creek Bottom Chert

A little Missouri creek bottom chert, antler shed, and sinew.

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Knife River Flint


When early man crossed the landscape he sought out quality stone to make tools.  Stone was needed to form chopping edges, bits for boring holes in wood and bone, scrapers for cleaning hides, and sharp and pointed edges for cutting and piercing.  Located near Dunn Center, North Dakota, is a prehistoric quarry of dark brown rock.  Knife River Flint has been used for thousands of years.  Clovis points have been unearthed dating back 10,000 years.  Artifacts of Knife River Flint have been found from Montana to New York, Canada to New Mexico.  Pictured is a projectile point and several spalls of Knife River Flint.

Novaculite Neck Knife/Sheath

I’ve been putting together some knives and made this 6-inch white/black novaculite knife, and buckskin neck sheath.  Novaculite comes in a variety of colors but I especially like the black and black/white combination.  This unique rock is only found in the Ouachita Mountains of Arkansas and Oklahoma.  Native Americans used this resource to make tools to chop, drill, scrape, and cut for every day survival.  Later, settlers in the area used novaculite for whetstones.

Friday, March 9, 2018