Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Splitting Birch and Knapping Glass

Splitting the birch
I continued working on the ice patch inspired Northern Archaic darts today by splitting a birch log into long blanks for the darts.  The complete darts will be somewhere around a metre and a half or two metres long and less than a centimetre and a half in diameter.  The birch split well enough using chisels and wedges (I've misplaced the hatchet that I normally use for wood splitting).
Fibre Optic Glass
At the same time I need to pull together a wholesale order for the Heritage Shop at Port au Choix, so I started making fibre optic glass blanks for jewellery.  I'll probably work on both projects in tandem and try finish the work within the next week or two.  It will be a hectic couple of weeks wrapping up Elfshot work before heading out for a brief field season.

I need at least three darts.  I'm hoping that I can find them somwhere in these five staves.

Photo Credits: Tim Rast


  1. Oh I really want to see the darts completed. What ice patch are you talking about?

    1. Several different locations in the southern Yukon. There is a good summary of the artifacts here:


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