January 28, 2012 @ 10:58 AM
Valentine's Day is coming and you have 3 choices. Pretend you don't know and get your sweetie nothing. (Bad choice) Get your sweetie the same old box of candy, card or flowers, all of which will be gone in a week. (Better choice) Or you can get your sweetie something that is totally unique, will last forever because it's made of stone, and will serve as a permanent reminder of how nice you really are. (Best choice) Make it a memorable Valentine's Day with a heart necklace, arrowhead necklace, opal arrowhead necklace or even a collectible flintknapped knife. O.K., maybe throw in a card or box of chocolates, too. Remember, nothing says I love you like a heart of stone!
January 26, 2012 @ 2:43 PM
No I'm not a magician, but some new knives, arrowheads, necklaces and other collectibles are going to appear soon on my website. What am I talking about? I went to an estate sale of a guy who was big into lapidary. I didn't think it possible but he had more rocks than me, even opal. It was kind of humbling. But I got out of control and brought home all kinds of exotic rocks to flint knap. At one point me and another flintknapper got in a wrestling match when we both reached for a chunk of flint. I had the advantage. Just pulled a moose antler billet from my pocket and gave him a thump on the forehead. He apologized and let go. Yup, I know what you are wondering. &...
January 9, 2012 @ 3:29 PM
When I attend shows & knap-ins, one of the most frequently ask questions is, "What is your favorite type of rock to knap?" That's a vexing question. There are so many, but I will name a few that are on the top shelf. First I"ll say that knapping opal is in a class by itself. I love opal. I love opal arrowheads. I love opal earrings, necklaces, you name it, even though I don't wear them. Opal is a fantastic gemstone!
O.K., other than opal, I get real geeked up about Ocean Wave Jasper from Madagascar. (Ask me about the rarest form - Markasite Ocean Wave.) It's all beautiful and no longer available. It's cousin, Black Lagoon Jasper, is similar. It...