novaculite dagger from today in northern Michigan

Michael Stafford
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July 7th, 2018, 2:45 am #1

Friends, here's a crack at a stitched Type III dagger made of novaculite with a black/white transition.  Fun piece of rock to work.  Mike novo.JPG
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July 9th, 2018, 4:30 am #2

Wow!

I can sure see why you are looking for more!

Ken
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July 17th, 2018, 2:30 am #3

That is very nice Mike! What a wonderful piece of rock. Gotta love the way that hi grade black and white works.
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July 17th, 2018, 4:54 pm #4

Thanks for sharing, Mike!  I am always blown away by your work.
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July 17th, 2018, 8:14 pm #5

Thanks Nogie!  I enjoy posting these when I finish a new one.  Short summer knapping season here in Michigan.  Best, Mike 
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July 18th, 2018, 12:02 am #6

Incredible!!!!!! What is a knapping season?

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"Nothing like busting out a Savannah River out of some gnarly shit." - Robert Godshall, 1st annual ThunderRidge knap in.
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July 18th, 2018, 2:28 am #7

I dunno.  I guess it's because I like to knap outside by this totem pole I had made for my place in northern Michigan.  I try to spend as much of the summer as possible there.  By mid-fall it's back to work, kids and just getting busy with family stuff.  I have a hard time finding the right moments to knap and focus on learning new skills and practice old ones outside the summer.  Hence, summer is "knapping season" for me and lasts about three months each year.  I average about 6-8 finished pieces each summer.  M- 
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July 18th, 2018, 2:42 am #8

knappingspot.JPG Here's my northern Michigan knapping spot.  The pile over by the mouse antlers.  The totem pole gives off great vibes!  Mike
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July 18th, 2018, 3:08 am #9

I love your place and its look, as well as your reasoning!!

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"Nothing like busting out a Savannah River out of some gnarly shit." - Robert Godshall, 1st annual ThunderRidge knap in.
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July 18th, 2018, 3:31 pm #10

Way cool dagger! and what a great place to work :)
Dave
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July 24th, 2018, 11:39 am #11

I love that totem

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August 17th, 2018, 10:28 pm #12

Is novaculite the same stone that honing or sharpening stones are made from and are found in or near Arkansas?   Wonder if one found some old novaculite honing stones large enough, one could knap something out of it. 
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August 18th, 2018, 9:07 am #13

Dang nice dagger! Im not sure what i like better tho. That Totem is way cool too! Id love to hear ya splainin it over a warm fire and some black and white debitage::::) That is some nice stitching! Well done Sir!
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