Every April, Alaska celebrates Archaeology Month. This year, I'm making some artifact reproductions from the area, including some pieces that I've never attempted before, so I'm enjoying working on something new. The first pieces, are slotted antler points. The body of the points are antler, with long slots running the length of the sides. These side slots hold microblades, so the first step of the process is to make the microblades.
Pile of blades
It always takes me a while to get into the rhythm of making microblades. Fortunately, I'll need a lot for this project (and other spring orders), so I was able to dedicate a couple days last week to practicing and building up an inventory. I tend to use soft hammer percussion or indirect percussion to produce the blades.