Tips and Tricks
Making Antler and Bone Points
Native Americans used many materials to make their projectile points. Most commonly used were stone points of course, because of their strength and material availablity. However, sometimes other materials were use as a matter of preference, availability or tradition. I have used all types with very good results taking every thing from rabbits to armadillos to deer.
One must remember that an 'arrowhead' is much like a bullet...it's usually a 'one shot' deal! as a result, most of the projectile points we find are rather common or broken. The points shown here are a somewhat 'stylized' in the sense that they tend to be a bit prettier than typical projectile points. But hey....it's my site....I'm exercising a bit of 'Artist Liscense' here. Enjoy.
Cross Section of Antlers
These antlers are actually a bony extension of the deer skull. I pick antlers which have a thicker outer bone layer to make points
Small Flat section of Antler
This is a 2-1/2" section of antler which has been ground flat on one side using a belt sander with an 80 grit ceramic belt
Antler and Template
Arrowhead template is fitted to flat side of antler
Outline of Point
Using the template, I draw the shape of the future point on the flat side of the antler
Antler Point Blank
Using a band saw, I cut off a thin slice of the antler which contains the dense outer bony part of the antler and cut it out to the rough shape of the point
Finished Arrowhead Blank
This is the finished blank with a portion of the original antler and the template. Blank is ready for several sanding steps and beveling of the edges.
This is a fixture I built to produce a repeatable bevel on each edge of the point. Held on the metal platform against the sanding belt with a magnetic base, edges can be sanded to a precise shape
Finished Antler Points
These points from Whitetail deer antler are typical of those used by Native American Indians
Arrowhead made from Whitetail deer leg bone. This point went through 5 sanding stages and 3 polishing steps to get to this point
Antler and Bone Arrows
Arrows with projectile points made from bone, antler and buffalo horn.