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
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
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.