Made by Woody Blackwell
This Item Sold on 6 October 2007
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This lithic reproduction is part of an investment grade collection of lithic projectile points, knives and a sword that was collected by Ben Ruhe in the early 1990s. All of these reproductions were made by Woody Blackwell , one of the world's most famous (and infamous) flint knappers. All of the points in this collection were made between 1989 and 1992 when Woody lived in the Washington, D.C. area (he served as a major in the U.S. Air Force). Ben Ruhe put together this trove of Woody Blackwell stone weapons and tools during this same period. Ruhe, who also lived in Washington, D.C., visited his apartment, talked with him on the telephone, and received mail from him in which he discusses the various pieces. Woody is famous for his involvement in the fraudulent reproduction of early North American lithic projectile points. Because his knapping skills fooled almost all of the experts (see Peter Bostrom's web site), Woody has earned a reputation as one of the world's best knappers. This collection consists of 18 projectile points, a knife, and an 18-inch Tennessee-style "sword." All are notable for their exceptional craftsmanship. Copies of correspondence between Woody and Ben Ruhe (the owner of this collection), will be made available to the purchaser of the remainder of the collection. Dr. Mike Gramly, a geologist and archaeologist (Harvard Ph.D.) who specializes in Early Man in North America, has examined the collection and commented favorably on the craftsmanship displayed by Blackwell. He has no doubt whatsoever that everything viewed was created by Blackwell. Ruhe's extensive correspondence with Blackwell corroborates this.
This item is a Lanceolate with concave base, ground. Related to earlier Clovis and Contemporary Dalton type. High quality collateral to oblique transverse flaking. It is a little more than 3 inches long and made out of beautiful banded Mookite stone from Australia. The tip had broken off and Blackwell glued another piece of the same stone on the end and then refinished it. It is difficult to see unless you look close and see that the banding pattern is disrupted near the tip and there is a very fine glue line. This is a really nice lithic reproduction made by one of the best knappers in the world. Length = 84 mm ; Weight = 14 gm