"A people without the knowledge of their past history, origin and culture is like a tree without roots."


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Native American Replicas

"A Place to Share and Learn"

Welcome to my blog!


The purpose of this blog is to share with  those of you who are interested in Native American artifacts and how to replicate  the tools, weapons and other items of their culture. Not just how I make and duplicate these items, but how you do as well.


By no means do I consider myself an expert in this area. The replicas and techniques I am sharing with you here represent what I have learned over the years by studying these cultures, their artifacts, and how they were made.


My intent here is to form a collective of ideas and techiques with respect to the methods and devices I and others have developed / designed and use in fabricating these items.


There are also informational post here such as the one titled:  'Adventures into the Past'  which provides a lot of good information. Check it out.  The post and site speak for themselves.


A couple of my first posts, 'Modern and Ancient Knapping Tools' and 'Sinew Wrapping Fixture' show some of the tools I use as well as some of the tools the ancients used to make their weapons and tools. These posts are my 'Jump Start'  posts so to speak and can be found in the list below.


These posts are typical of of the topics I plan to post each week. I hope they will inspire you to contribute with your own ideas and  techniques as well.


I believe we learn by sharing.




Click on any post to the right and add your comments, ideas or opinions!



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August 22, 2014

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August 22, 2014

Native American Glue Sticks


Making a primitive adhesive for attaching blades or feathers 


When making replicas of Native American tools or weapons, one is faced with a major decision.  Should I take the easy road and use modern tools and materials or use the methods an...

July 17, 2014

 Replica or Replacement Pistol Grips


This post is a bit of a divergence from my normal posts.  While handguns are not 'Native American' weapons,  they are what some of our anti-gun friends might call  'Primitive American'  weapons.  Uh..shut up Mudd.......

July 1, 2014

What is Smudging?


Sounds like a dirty word, huh?  Smudging. "Wanna go out 'Smudging tonight?'  Uh, I don't thinks so....


Well, what is it? 

How do we do it?

And finally, Why do we do it?


A common definition is: "Smudging is a traditional (ceremonial) Native America...

June 26, 2014

So you have a Native American artifact.  An arrowhead, a bead, a basket or a knife.

If you're a discriminating collector, the most burning question you should be asking yourself is "Is it real or is it a replica?"  And of course if you're only interested in showing it o...

June 10, 2014

Making Cane Arrows


Making cane shaft arrows is really an exercise in patience.  Most Native American arrows were constructed using a single material for the shaft.  Many woods were used, including willow, dogwood, hickory and rose wood. However, for many of the plains...

May 14, 2014

Preparing Feathers for Mounting


This post is all about feathers. From choosing types of feathers to prepping them for mounting on a shaft.  What you'll find here is some very basic information, but hopefully opens the door to different ideas and opinions on better ways...

May 1, 2014

Recently I posted a request on Facebook for those friends of mine who are avid hunters. I was looking for some turkey feathers for fletching my replica arrows.  I also mentioned that I prefered Right Wing turkeys but would take either.  (that just possibly could have b...

April 30, 2014


Before we go any further, I'd like to share a website which I recently found that may be of interest to you.  It's hosted by the National Endowment for the Humanities and features some real good info that fits right into our discussions here.



April 23, 2014

I do a lot of wrapping with sinew.   Attaching points to shafts, fletching to shafts, blades to handles, etc.  I buy artificial sinew in the large spools to keep costs low.  However, there's nothing more aggrevating than having that big spool rolling all over my bench...

April 16, 2014

First off, I'd like to preface this post with a disclaimer.  This is NOT a flintknapping blog.  It's about Native American Replicas.  This includes knives, arrows and other items.  While I'm a decent knapper, I'm NOT a true artist.  This post is simply one of many show...

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