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 in the countryside :(

 

 

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)!

 

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Obsidian & Needles

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

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"44'x4" slab is 16 square inches.

Knappers: If you want narrow slabs (say 2" wide) I can cut them for you for a little extra (it tends to waste quite a bit of material). If you want to do it yourself pick up a 14" tile cutter, they're fairly cheap.

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 "SOCIAL DISTANCING" 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. We can talk about discounts for large orders. Please note: Mining for these needles has unfortunately been closed for the summer by the Forest Service. So it's highly unlikely that I will be able to restock at least this year. Regular (>2" - 4") $15 / lb. 15 lbs.

Large (>4" - 6") $20 / lb.

10 lbs.

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

4 lbs.
Giant!! (>8" - 10") $45 / lb. 6 lbs.

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

YES
Fat needles $0.35 / lb.

50 lbs.

 

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.

$1.00
$0.15

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!

$1.00
 

100

 

Opaque Banded Obsidian Banded gray & black colors.
$2.00
$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.

$4.00
$0.30

40

YES

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

$1.50

$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

$0.35

50

YES

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

Sold Out
$0.20

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.

$2.00
Sold Out

50

Sold Out

Davis Creek rainbow * All rainbow colors in straight or wavy bands. Some of this is wild stuff! I hit a great spot in 2019 so there's some amazing stuff here.

Sold Out
$0.30

Sold Out

YES

Davis Creek Velvet* Awesome velvet rainbow colors, much like Royal Velvet. There is a little bit int he hoard I dug in 2019. After that it's gone until I get down there again.

$5.00
$0.35

A FEW

YES

  Glass Buttes Crazy Pit (pics coming soon). I dug this for the first time in 2019 and it really does have some crazy looking material. Lots of mahogany/black combos and some gold sheen. But really a mishmash of just plain old weird patterns.
$2.50
$0.20 40

YES

NEW SUPPLY Glass Buttes Double Flow * Black & brown or black & clear bands and patterns. I dug lots of this from the Midnite Lace pit so there's a chance of some lace in the mix. Most is black varieties like black/clear but there ares some mahogany combos.

$2.50
$0.20

 

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
$0.30

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.


$0.30

SOME 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. There is some gold sheen in the Crazy Pit rough above.

Sold Out
$0.25

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!

Sold Out
$0.10

Sold Out

YES

Glass Buttes Gunmetal Silvery to a shiny light smoke/blue, totally opaque. I found 2 pieces of this in my stash so I have VERY FEW slabs available.

$0.30
 

A FEW

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

$2.00
$0.25

25

YES

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

$1.50
$0.20

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. I'll try the 2019 stash next, some of it looks promising. Stay tuned!


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. I just dug this pit in 2019 and it has been pretty well trashed by commercial collectors. So there isn't much coming out unless someone starts a new pit.

Sold Out
$0.30

Sold Out

A FEW

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). Once it's gone it's gone unless someone has a 4WD truck that they are willing to beat up to reach the pit. I am not that someone until my truck gets beat down.

$1.50
$0.30

50

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.


$0.30

A FEW

Lassen Creek Electric Blue The most amazing rainbow obsidian, vivid blue bands.

  $1.00   1 slab 48 sq. inches!

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

Sold Out
Sold Out

Sold Out

Sold Out

Lassen Creek rainbow Bright, intense rainbow colors in bands, many mixed varieties. I hit a decent spot in the pits in 2019 so I have some but not a lot.

Sold Out

$0.45

Sold Out

YES

Utah Snowflake * Classic white snowflakes on a black background.

$1.50
$0.25

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.

 

 

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