(Image courtesy of Kevin Dunn, whose book Caveman Chemistry, along with a bunch of other cool hands-on projects, contains a chapter on knapping in bottle glass. Thanks Kevin!)

Anybody else read Snow Crash? Remember the big scary Aleut who likes to steal warheads from nuclear submarines using only his canoe and handmade glass knife? Remember how, when you first read that book, you kinda wanted to be that guy? Well, I’m here telling you: It’s not too late to become the baddest mango-farmer in the world. After all, even Raven had to start somewhere, and apparently chipping an arrowhead out of bottle glass is the “hello world” of the flintknapping user community. Mike Melbourne and Tim Rast’s venerable tutorial shows you how.

Sean Michael Ragan

Sean Michael Ragan

I am descended from 5,000 generations of tool-using primates. Also, I went to college and stuff. I am a long-time contributor to MAKE magazine and My work has also appeared in ReadyMade, c’t – Magazin für Computertechnik, and The Wall Street Journal.

  • DU

    That book probably deserves a post on it’s own, if not an article in the paper magazine. It’s great resource.

  • clvrmnky

    My SO, an anthropologist, says that a prof of hers would refuse surgery that used a metal blade. Some surgeons use obsidian blades, which make much cleaner cuts, and don’t leave small amounts of metal cruft behind.

    • ben

      snow crash was so awesome…

  • Tim Rast

    I’m really glad that people are still getting some mileage out of that beer bottle tutorial. Stop by my blog or website and see where you can go from there!

    Tim Rast

  • Vance Bass

    That URL is way outdated (GeoCities?!).

    But the site has been rescued and rehosted here:

    • Sean Michael Ragan

      Bah, sorry! Thanks for the updated link. Fixed it in the post.