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Flint Knapping Material Source
Arkansas Novaculite
 
Steve Kirschman
418 Hilltop Road  Pearcy, AR 71964
(501)767-1616
 
 
See Movie ReviewTake a Video Tour of an Ancient Quarry.  See Novaculite in it's most natural state. 
 
Our Quarry is the Featured Modern Operation in this Informative Teaching Video. 

DVD's available for sale.

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Visit the gallery to see examples of some of the wide variety of colors and natural designs that appear in Novaculite.

PLEASE CALL OR EMAIL IN ADVANCE TO SCHEDULE FOR ON SITE PICK UP.

All inquiries will be responded to as quickly as possible.

Novaculite is found of commercial quality in the Ouachita Mountain Range which runs east and west through Southwestern Arkansas and Southeastern Oklahoma. These Novaculite deposits are centralized around the city of Hot Springs, Arkansas, hence the reference Arkansas Novaculite. The Ouachita Mountains are an ancient mountain range, older than the Appalachian Mountains, and the only mountain range that run east/west in

North America.

Beware of myths and urban legends. More than one Novaculite quarry exists today. More than one company mines, sorts and sells Novaculite fit for flint knapping. No piece of Novaculite is exactly the same as another--even of the same grade.

 

The extra fine grade of Novaculite is used for flint knapping. Its extra fine grit and exceptional fracturing or flaking abilities make it highly sought after material. The Indians of the region crafted their stone tools and weapons from Novaculite and used it to barter with other Indians around North America. How else does a Novaculite arrowhead show up in Ohio? Either by barter, travel or capture.

Translucent to gray are considered common colors. Black, pink, red, and spider web patterns, or mixtures thereof, are uncommon and make up a small percentage of available material. All our knapping material will work equally well, regardless of color.

 
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