Arrowheads from bottles

By plantigrade on 2014.09.26 In Ancient skills Glass knapping



Some years ago, I read “Hunting with the bow and arrow” by Saxton Pope. This is a book I can warmly recommend to anyone who has ever been interested in native americans or bow hunting. I won’t do a review on the book, but do yourself the favour and read it.

Anyway, in one of the chapters Ishi, the last tribesman of the Yahi Indians, makes traditional arrowheads. But not out of flint, obsidian or any other stone. He makes them from the bottoms of glass bottles, and I remember I was really impresssed that it’s possible. When years later, I met a friend who does flint knapping, I remembered Ishi and his glass arrowheads and started experimenting. Loads of small cuts and broken pieces of glass later, I’ve managed to make a handfull of more or less succesfull arrowheads. The latest one I just made today. Now the next project will be mounting them on shafts.

All my glass arrowheads are made in pretty much the same way as if they were of stone. I like the idea that you can process a modern material with ancient style tools and techniques.

I don’t see any need for me to upload a video on how to make them. Just look it up on youtube, there you’ll find plenty of instructional videos.


Put a long nail or screw into the bottle with the cap screwed on and shake until the bottom pops off.



Preparing the bottom


blankThe rough shape


toolsMy tools


point1The finished result






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    1. This is what interesting with older generations, their way to adapt.

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    This blog is about my deep fascination with nature and wilderness living. The technologies, skills and crafts of “primitive peoples”, and the pre agricultural world. This won’t be without modern materials, but is for sharing my experiences/adventures with the full extent of my feet placed solidly and responsibly in the natural world.