Extraordinary Stone Tools: Woody Blackwell and the Art of Flintknapping

A few days ago, someone I didn’t know left a comment on a random post I made. I happened to check out the commenter’s website and was pretty blown away. So much so that I wanted to take the time to share the link with everyone else.

Woody Blackwell
makes stone tools, and he makes them the old fashioned way. And when I say that, I mean… the really old fashioned way.

The term is called Knapping, and it involves a process known as lithic reduction. Everything is done by hand, and I imagine this to be an extremely slow (and sometimes delicate) process.

Over the years, Woody’s created a lot of different things using a wide variety of materials. In addition to the varying sizes and shapes, I was actually quite surprised to see so much color. Some even struck me as almost otherworldly. Who knew so many variations of stone and flint existed?

If you’re interested in learning about his process, or simply watching him work up close… he has a DVD available, which takes people on a step-by-step tour of the flintknapping tools and techniques.

It’s not hyperbole to state that Woody is quite prolific. If you are as awed as I am by his stone tool work, make sure to check out his Sculpture area as well. There’s a lot of really great stuff to check out on this site.

This Post Has 5 Comments

  1. Amazing stuff! The sculpture pieces are a lot of fun. And it’s interesting to see his replicas of historical points and maces. Great work Woody! Thanks for sharing it Felix!

    Liam Strain Reply

  2. Thanks for the kind words, Liam. And thanks for the blog entry, Felix! I was really surprised – almost stunned – to open your page and see it. My kids think I’m a celebrity now, but I assured them Lady Gaga isn’t coming over for spaghetti tonight. If you could provide an address, I’d like to send you a DVD.

    woody blackwell Reply

  3. Hopefully, you’ve seen a small jump in traffic on your site. I don’t think I have a ton of visitors, but I also took the liberty of creating a post on MetaFilter, which should definitely have sent some folks your way.And email sent!

    avoision Reply

  4. Woody,

    I saw you knap a clovis point in Kileen, Texas. Do you sell points? I am interested in signed pieces.

    Thank you,


    Tom Radant Reply

    • Hi Tom – this isn’t Woody’s site, I’m just a fan of his stuff. I did send him a note though, mentioning your inquiry. You may also try to contact him directly, via his website.

      avoision Reply

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