Knapping Materials, Many varieties of Obsidian, Needles for windchimes

Road sign on Hwy 20 at Glass Buttes (long since stolen). Yes those are bullet holes, it's a popular sport wherever rednecks can be found :(

 

 

Materials for Knappers and Obsidian Needles

(and obsidian lovers in general!)

 

LOWER PRICES ON MOST ROUGH ROCK ($1.00 or more less per pound) and slabs (as much as 75% lower)!

 

ALL OF YOUR QUESTIONS ARE ANSEWERED HERE. If you have a question about ordering see this section.

Please note: I have a minimum order of $25 before shipping charges which will be billed later!

I get an order at least once a week for less than $25. If you do this, I will ask you if you want to buy more material or get a refund of your payment.

I will not, under any circumstances, ship anything international. The rates are now ridiculous as of the 1/27/13 price increase. If you aren't a US citizen and you can give me a US address to ship to that's OK.

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I now accept debit & credit card payments if you pick up your rocks here!

Shipping and handling charges are approximately $14.00 per 15 lbs. (medium flat rate priority mail box) or $18.50 per 25 lbs. (large flat rate priority mail box). Shipping rates for light packages under a couple pounds (depending on where you are) are generally less that $12.00.

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I will ignore orders from invalid email addresses (yes this happens, believe it or not)! You DO NOT NEED A PAYPAL ACCOUNT to use PayPal! If you choose to pay via eCheck, I will wait for it to clear before starting on your order.

Do not ever email anyone your credit card number! If someone asks you for it, they are attempting to steal it! If you email me your credit card number, it will likely be stolen since one of tens of thousands of crooks will probably intercept any email that looks like it has a credit card number in it. I wouldn't know what to do with it anyway, that's what PayPal is for.

Under "Quantity" please put the number of POUNDS for rough, the number of SQUARE INCHES for slabs. In your note, specify any details like minimum size of slabs. I will calculate S&H charges and bill you once we get the order squared away.

SOLD OUT means I have none. Please do not click on the Cart button if the Available Quantity says SOLD OUT. Please do not order more than the quantity available. Please pay attention to the size of the rough. I will not cut down my rough to accomodate small quantities.

If you prefer to pay with a money order or cashier's check, email me with your order at the address below. No personal checks accepted, for any reason.

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Please note: I have a minimum order of $25 before shipping charges which will be billed later

Obsidian & Needles

My obsidian is usually slabbed about 5/16" plus or minus 1/16" - it can be slabbed thicker for a litttle extra. Slabs are shaped as they come from the saw. Slabs can be from 1'' x 2" to about 4" x 4" for most material. Starred materials occasionally come in pieces large enough to get up to about 5x8" slabs, but PLEASE ask about larger rough and slabs before ordering!

Starred materials (*) are occasionally available in sizes greater than 4x4"; all others are usually not available larger than 4x4"! See below the listings for what I have available. SOLD OUT means I have none. Really. Please do not click on the Cart button if the Available Quantity says SOLD OUT. Slabs are sold by the square inch. For example, a 4"x4" slab is 16 square inches.

Click on the name of any material for a sample photo! Please pay attention to the quantity and sizes available!

If the Rough is available and Slabs say SOLD OUT check back often, I slab more as I get the time!

FOR LARGE TO GIANT SLABS CLICK HERE

LOWER PRICES ON ALL ROUGH AND SLABS!

(most rough reduced by $1.00/pound and all slabs reduced by a minimum of 10 cents per square inch!)

Click on the name for an example of each variety

 

Obsidian Needles

ALL NEEDLES ON SALE! Davis Creek obsidian needles (for wind chimes etc.) Please see the notes about needles here! Ask about about larger needles (10" to over 12") - I charge $0.75 per inch (a massive bargain compared to retail shops and rock show vendors, believe me). Also medium size, large, to giant fat needles (great for sacrificing an ox LOL or really big wind chimes, which sound incredible).Click on each name for a pic of 1 lb. These are NOT the needles you will receive, only an example (and no I did not pick out the best needles I had, I grabbed a baggie from my stock and dumped it out). The number of needles you will receive is approximately the number in the example pics. Click here to see a few of my needle projects.

NO minimum order for needles only!

Regular >2" - 4" - SALE $10 / lb. 50 lbs.

Large >4" - 6"- SALE $20 / lb.

30 lbs.

Jumbo! >6" - 8" SALE $30 / lb.

10 lbs.
Giant!! >8" - 10" SALE $40 / lb. 5 lbs.

Gargantuan!!! needles (>10" - 12"+) $0.75 per inch ASK

YES
Fat needles SALE $1.50 / lb.

50 lbs. Price reduced

 

Obsidian Rough Rock and Slabs

Material (click on the name for a big pic!)
Price Rough per pound
Price Slabs per square inch
Available Quantity
Rough
pounds
Slabs Avail.?

Beatys Butte Obsidian This material is from private property on this just about unknown obsidian location. It has been identified as a source of obsidian for ancient native American tribes and was traded all over the northwest and beyond. It looks like basanite from the rind (which is always opaque) but it's more like obsidian. It's almost all a totally opaque jet black but has occasional mahogany streaks. Well shaped rough for spalling and knapping, usually whole or nearly whole rounded nodules from about a pound to over 5 pounds. This variety is great for backing doublet or triplet cabochons.

$1.50
$0.20

200

YES

Black Obsidian * (translucent to semi-opaque; with and without "bands" or faint sheen) * This is what you want for hunting points or to practice spalling or knapping. If I am sold out, try the Glass Buttes silver, which is the same thing, only lighter gray as opposed to black in color. Blowout sale I need a smaller box to make room for more slabs!

$1.50
$0.10

200

YES

 

Misc. Obsidian In addition to black obsidian I am also offering buckets of various obsidian from Glass Buttes and Davis/Lassen Creek at the same price. There can be anything in this, for all I know there's Davis Creek Velvet in here. I simply don't have the time to sort through all of it. This is an insane bargain compared to what I would price each type at!

$1.50
 

100

 

Opaque Banded Obsidian Banded gray & black colors.
$2.50
$0.20

50

YES

Opaque Black Obsidian Preferred by some knappers. Some is faintly banded.

$0.20

 

YES

Davis Creek Apache Gold All black/ clear/ mahogany colors - very nice mix of gold sheen, double flow, triple flow, leopardskin, etc.

$2.50
$0.25

50

YES

Davis Creek Green/Gold Sheen Green and/or Gold "flash" - very unique! A few with deep purple too. I have some killer rough available too, most of it is the purple variety.

$5.00
$0.40

40

YES

Davis Creek Gray Banded * gray colors in bands, sometimes with "chevron" patterns. Blowout sale I need the room for more slabs!

$2.00

$0.10

2 large pcs. ask

YES

 

Davis Creek Needles Pit Chatoyant Purple (Video Here! And here!) This is fantastic sheen obsidian, I was blown away by the first slab I cut (in the video). I have been digging needles for years and never really noticed the boulders at the pit had purple sheen. So I hauled a few buckets back and they are spectacular.

$6.00

$0.55

50

Large Pieces please ask!

Davis Creek Pink Lady Subtle (usually) pastel rainbow colors or beautiful lavender to purple "flash" which is unique to this mine.

Sold Out
$0.35

50

Sold Out

Davis Creek rainbow/gray * Pastel rainbow colors mixed in with gray bands. I can't tell if it's this type until I slab it so sorry no rough available. Blowout sale I need the box for more slabs!

$2.50
$0.10

YES

Davis Creek rainbow * All rainbow colors in straight or wavy bands. Some of this is wild stuff!

$3.00
$0.35

150

YES

Davis Creek Velvet* Awesome velvet rainbow colors, much like Royal Velvet. Just a few slabs left, and I don't plan on digging any more for a few years.

Sold Out
$0.45

Sold Out

A FEW

Glass Buttes Double Flow * Black & brown or black & clear bands and patterns. Sorry no rough available I can't tell what this is until I slab it.

$0.30

 

YES

Glass Buttes Fire Pit Rough may have small areas of rainbow flash - "fire" (hard to see in picture). They do not show fire (you must slab it to find the fire, I've never seen it on the outside). Much gold sheen and black/clear mixed in. The slabs can be black, clear, and/or mahogany and can be translucent or transparent.

Sold Out
$0.35

Sold Out

YES

Glass Buttes Fire Pit Sheen* Fire obsidian without the fire, bands of irridescent reddish - gold - silver sheen with "depth", unlike any other sheen I know of. Sorry but no rough available, I can't tell if this is sheen until I slab it.


$0.40

LARGE SLABS

Glass Buttes Gold Sheen * The classic mahogany to red and black bands with nice sheen. Much of it has more than one shade of mahogany too.

Sold Out
$0.30

Sold Out

YES

Glass Buttes Green * Subtle dark green to almost black banding some with sheen. Totally opaque. Blowout sale I need the box for more slabs!

$1.50
$0.10

20 lbs. Large pieces ASK

YES

Glass Buttes Leopardskin Mahogany and black patterns remiscent of a leopard's coat.

$2.50
$0.30

25

YES

Glass Buttes Mahogany Hill Mostly mahogany to red-brown, can have some small areas of black.

$2.00
$0.30

50

YES

Glass Buttes Midnite Lace Black and clear in lines & swirls. I've been frantically slabbing some pieces from the pit to find more. Sadly I don't think I scored any on my last trip :(

Sold Out
Sold Out

Sold Out

Sold Out

Glass Buttes Rainbow * This is NOT the old Glass Buttes rainbow pit that you see for sale everywhere else; it is much better, from the same pit as the insanely rare Aurora Borealis.

Sold Out
$0.35

Sold Out

YES

Glass Buttes Pumpkin Pit * Extremely variable patterns - black, smoky opaque black, pumpkin colored bands, gold sheen. Opaque, transparent, or both. Let me know which you prefer and I'll try my best to match (for slabs only).

$2.00
$0.30

50

YES

Glass Buttes Pumpkin Pit Sheen * light rainbow and/or light purple sheen with or without mahogany or gold sheen. Some with clear bands.

$0.35

 

YES

Glass Buttes Silver Sheen* Silvery sheen, can take many forms. Some has light rainbow colors. Blowout sale I need the box for more slabs!

Sold Out
$0.10

Sold Out

YES

Glass Buttes Spiderweb/Lizardskin* (I've seen it called both). Crazy black, clear, and mahogany with occasional gold and sliver sheen in "spiderweb" and other crazy patterns. I dug this again for the first time in 15 years and now I don't know why it took so long :)

Sold Out

$0.30

Sold Out

YES

Glass Buttes Triple Flow * Black, brown, and clear bands and patterns. I don't know what this is until I slab it so no rough available, sorry.


$0.30

YES

Glass Buttes Turtleback Smaller slabs, wild mix of mahogany, black, clear, silver sheen, or rainbow sheen.


$0.40

A FEW

Lassen Creek Electric Blue Sorry sold out. Again :(

  Sold Out   Sold Out

Lassen Creek Royal Purple Subtle rich purple sheen. Blowout sale I need the box for more slabs!

Sold Out
$0.25

Sold Out

YES

Lassen Creek rainbow Bright, intense rainbow colors in bands, many mixed varieties. Once this is gone I probably won't have any more unless I get really lucky, the pits have been ruined by commercial diggers and it's pointless to waste a day to get a handful of usable pieces :(

Sold Out
$0.45

Sold Out

YES

Utah Snowflake * Classic white snowflakes on a black background.

$2.00
$0.35

30

YES

SOLD OUT means I have none. Please do not click on the Cart button if the Available Quantity says SOLD OUT

Materials marked with an asterisk * are occasionally available in sizes greater than 4x4"; all others are usually not available larger than 6x6"!
Please note: For sheen, rainbow, purple, and velvet obsidian, I pick slabs or rough that shows the sheen, on at least one side for slabs, in full sunlight. It may or may not show well or at all in indirect sunlight, incandescent, or fluorescent light, depending on the type of sheen and the individual piece. Also, if you work the material, and the sheen disappears, chalk it up to experience! This happens to everyone, myself included. I have no way of knowing what you will do with the material.
You can try to score and break the slabs if you want preforms for knapping (I recommend a tile cutter), or cut them with a trim or tile saw.

Please note: I have a minimum order of $25 before shipping charges which will be billed later.

I usually have slabs of the following materials in large (6''-7" by 6"-7") to giant (up to 14" by 10") sizes! Please ask first to check what I have.

ABOUT MY OBSIDIAN NEEDLES:

Everyone seems to expect a different thing when they order needles from me. I dig these needles myself, and the needles I sell are larger than 2" to 10" and longer and can be black, mahogany colored, or mixed clear, black and mahogany. The needles that I dig are needle-shaped; i.e. they have one or two pointed ends and are not too fat in the middle (except for the big fat needles sold separately). Other than that they vary tremendously in thickness and length! I have seen a lot of obsidian shards (and what appears to be glass!) passed off as needles online. Long/thin chunks of obsidian and glass that resemble actual obsidian needles (which only occur in significant quantities in nature at Davis Creek, California and nowhere else in the world, AFAIK), and cut or ground pieces (yes, really) or flakes of obsidian are NOT obsidian needles! My needles are mined at the source, by me, and I guarantee that they are genuine obsidian needles, period. There aren't too many websites that make this promise (again, as far as I know).

 You will get needles from more than 2" (the smallest I keep) to exactly 4" (regular size), more than 4" to exactly 6" (large size), more than 6" to exactly 8" (jumbo size), and more than 8" to exactly 10" (giant size). Needles larger than 10" are sold by the INCH ($1.00/inch, a real bargain compared to what you'll pay virtually everywhere else), so ASK about what I have available first.

If you think my prices are a bit high, most of the needles I have seen for sale on the net are of questionable pedigree at ridiculous prices: Check out the truly astonishing prices on the (mostly junky) needles on EBAY then come back here and order ACTUAL needles for a REASONABLE price! As of 2015, I appear to be the ONLY person on the net selling needles by the pound outside of Ebay. Finally, please do not ask for needles of such-and-such a length and shape. High-grading my stock is not fair to the rest of my customers. If you want needles of exact dimensions, I suggest you buy them individually from someone else.

Tips on heat treating material for knapping (usually needed to knap agate, jasper, etc. Obsidian does not need to be heat treated.

A nice tutorial on knapping slabs (please don't ask any questions specifically about knapping, I am not a good resource, and pages like this exist for your use and enjoyment!)

 

Also check out the Yahoo group "THE TARP" HERE for answers to any question about knapping that you can think of (and many more)! I am not a knapper so I can't answer specific questions about knapping!

 

Wanna learn to make arrowheads from slabs? Check out this awesome list of books and videos (the website is dead so you can't order them but it's a long list).

Questions? Email me!

 

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