The Clovis Reduction Stages shown in Archaeological Record
Flintknapping is the term used for flaking stone into tools, in the methods of all of our ancestors. This is the foundation for every culture on the earth, and it is an art as well as a science. Flint, chert, and obsidian are mainly used here to make projectile points(atlatl and arrowhead), knives, and drills. Also in this section are tools which are ground to shape, such as axes, hammers, and celts.
A knife made in authentic materials. It measures 8 inches long, with an Obsidian biface knapped in traditional manner. A good knife for display of materials used in prehistory. For more SEE ITEM
Clovis Point Replica with Channel Flake $195
This modern replica was made by Dr. Errett Callahan, in a study of authentic techniques shown in the archaeological record. The characteristic "flute" channel flake was saved intact, and now serves as teaching tool and collectable art piece, from famous master of the art and academic science of flintknapping. Made in Snowflake Obsidian, 11cm long, signed and dated. For more info, see ITEM
THE AZTEC MACUAHUITL OBSIDIAN SWORD $175
This new item showcases the Aztec Macuahuitl which was called the "obsidian sword" when encountered by Cortez during the Spanish Conquest of the 1500's. There are no surviving examples in museums today, so we have decided to bring this awesome weapon to life with real obsidian knapped in the traditional manner. The style and measurements were inspired by the remaining drawings in the Spanish Codex volumes that still survive today. (SEE ITEM)
TRADITIONAL ART KNIFE $95
An artistic knife made in volcanic glass Obsidian, inspired by art designs of ancient cultures. This 8.5 inch long knife was set into a handle with a dragon carved around it. SEE ITEM
Our new model in the "continuous blade" style
Our All Primitive Atlatl dart not only uses authentic materials, but shows how stone tools were attached by traditional cultures.
Michael demonstrating the making of a Clovis spear point for the History Channel. To show this process authentically, only tools materials shown in the archaeological record could be used. Shown here is a Moose antler baton(hammer) which is used to shape the volcanic glass.
The Hertzian Cone in Volcanic Glass
Knapping is very unlike chiseling a statue. Flints, cherts, and obsidian are shaped by striking off flakes. Using hammers such as antlers and soft sandstone, the raw rock is reduced in a series of stages to the desired shape. These strikes send energy through the rock in waves, looking very much like a splash in water.
Aztec styled art knife in rare green obsidian and jade handle
Folsom replica in Texas flint
Scottsbluff type 1 replica
PUZZLES OUT OF STOCK. NEW SUPPLY COMING DEC 2016
LITHIC TEACHING PUZZLE(BASIC) $15
A Basic beginner kit created by Michael Frank for teaching students of lithic technology at local Archaeology festival. A core of Texas flint was reduced with the traditional flintknapping methods. The reduction flakes were saved so that the student could place them back together in reverse order. Only 5 pieces. This exercise teaches where flakes fit into the process, and helps identification in the field and lab. (SEE ITEM)
LITHIC TEACHING PUZZLE $35
An intermediate level lithic puzzle. A biface reduced by Dr. Errett Callahan, for the teaching of lithic technology. See ITEM
LITHIC TEACHING PUZZLE ADVANCED $45
An advanced lithic puzzle created by Dr. Callahan for lithic students. This set has 40 pieces, and was made in Arizona Dacite. See ITEM
Blades struck from carefully prepared cores is a technique that is found world wide in the archaeological record. I had a desire to study this skill after working with a collection of razor sharp obsidian blades from ancient Mexico. Obsidian blades can be used in modern surgery, as they can fracture down to a molecular edge and be proven to be sharper than steel.
Razor sharp blades and cores of obsidian and flint
The BASICS is now available again. This classic manual for flintknapping and Lithic Studies has been updated and reprinted and is available again. A must have for anyone interested in understanding how stone tools are made.
A collection of essays in honor of pioneering experimental archaeologist Errett Callahan, by top authors in the fields of Archaeology today. See ITEM page for list of authors and subjects covered.
The Flint Daggers of Denmark on CD $14
A new CD of the new book by Dr. Errett Callahan showcasing the wonderful flintknapping of the European Neolithic. The CD shows everything that is in the book, but for a much lower price. All 32 pages of 50 examples are shown. Printed with the courtesy of the Danish National Museum and the State Historic Museum in Stockholm, Sweden.
THE FLINT DAGGERS OF DENMARK $39
This unique "coffe table" book is a collaboration of Errett Callahan of Va and Jan Apel of Sweden. It features the flint masterpieces of the Late Neolithic Period in Europe. With 32 pages of 50 examples in 36 figures of 19 photos and 11 scientific drawings, daggers are shown for the first time ever in 11" by 17" extra large stock. This book is printed with the courtesy of the Danish National Museum and the State Historic Museum in Stockholm Sweden. Examples of the world's finest flintknapping for lovers of art, craftsmanship, and Archaeology. To see photos and order with CREDIT CARD, see (ITEMS FOR SALE) page.
Neolithic Danish Daggers Vol 2 $30
The long awaited follow up book to Vol 1, which was a coffee table gallery of Neolithic Danish Daggers. Pioneering Experimental archaeologist Dr. Errett Callahan documents the replication process of the finest works of flintknapping art known to archaeology. For contents, SEE ITEM