Monday, June 11, 2012

Cape Krusenstern Order Finished

 I finally finished all of the reproductions in the Cape Krusenstern order.  The reproductions are based on artifacts spanning several thousand years from the Denbigh Flint complex up to Thule and include ceramics, chert and obsidian lithics, chipped and ground slate, ground and polished nephrite, and carved jet and antler tools.  There are 23 different artifacts in the set and I made two identical reproductions of each which were antiqued to match the originals.  A lot of the materials were familiar, but several of the cultures, like Choris and Ipiutak, were new to me as were the jet labret and pottery.  It was an enjoyable project and there are a few specific pieces that I'd like to show in a bit more detail in the upcoming posts, but for now - here is a look at the full set.

Lots of antiquing - I'm pleased with how dusty and old the reproductions look.

In addition to all of the pieces shown here there are a couple bags of miscellaneous flakes which I'll send to the client that were left over from knapping some of the bifaces.
Photo Credits: Tim Rast


  1. How exactly do you reproduce all these artifacts?

    1. Every piece is different, but generally speaking I try to make them using traditional techniques in the original materials. With knapped stone there aren't any real shortcuts - I use hammerstones, antler billets, and antler, bone or copper pressure flakers to knap the pieces from stone cores. With organic tools I have more modern options available - like scroll saws and dremel tools, although I usually try to finish with more traditional tools so that the toolmarks left on the pieces are correct for the time period.

      Browse through the site - most of the posts on here are dedicated to explaining exactly how I reproduce these sorts of artifacts.


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