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Categories --> Maker --> Callahan, Errett, PhD

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I started knapping in 1956 - not counting a few slate pieces I knapped out in 1950 - and have been at it without let-up ever since. During these past 42 years, I have produced, as of August 1998, 9049 stone tools. I was raised on quartzite and the tougher cherts. I didn't work obsidian much until the early 1980s.

Though self taught for the first many years (my only guides were the silent, ancient original artifacts), I've sat down and had intensive hands-on instruction from the Master level knappers including Don Crabtree, Gene Titmus, François Bordes, J.B. Sollberger, and Jacques Pelegrin, and I owe a debt of gratitude and thanks to these, my mentors.

I received a masters and doctorate in anthropology (with emphasis in lithic technology and experimental archeology) and a masters in Fine Arts. In 1992, I was awarded an honorary doctorate from Uppsala University in Sweden for my work on the Mesolithic and Neolithic there. I have been teaching workshops on flintknapping at Cliffside since 1987, and have been teaching workshops on primitive skills ever since 1971, both in the United States and Europe.

My guarantee is very simple: since it's you, my customer, who enables me to make a living doing what I love best, I promise in return to give you the best possible product of which I am capable. I guarantee that you will be satisfied with the quality of my craftsmanship and materials. Of course, stone tools are made by fracture; they do break easily, so I can't be responsible if you drop it or get cut. But if one does break from undetermined causes or otherwise, contact me, and I'll see what I can do to repair or replace it.

Affiliations

  • Society of Primitive Technology (Founder and President of the Board from 1989-1996)

What others have to say about Errett Callahan

  • "Errett Callahan is a master flintknapper [and] instructor . . . who makes some of the finest obsidian knives ever created." - Bud Lang, editor of Knives Illustrated, KI Oct. 1998: 4
  • "If you want to know how it really was in the really olden times, particularly about the cutting edge, you have to talk to a fellow names Errett Callahan." - Ken Warner, Knives '86:33
  • "I consider Errett Callahan to be to the stone knife what my other teacher, Bill Moran, is to the forged blade." - Mark Sentz, ABS Mastersmith

Awards

  • 2000 - Best Fantasy Knife - Southeastern Custom Knife Show, Winston-Salem, NC
  • 2000 - Best High Art Knife - Shenandoah Valley Knife Show, Harrisonburg, VA (for Sabertooth Fantasy, below)
  • 1999 - Best High Art Knife - Shenandoah Valley Knife Show, Harrisonburg, VA
  • 1999 - Best Fantasy Knife - Southeastern Custom Knife Show, Winston-Salem, NC
  • 1998 - Best High Art Knife - Shenandoah Valley Knife Show, Harrisonburg, VA
  • 1998 - Best Fantasy Knife - Southeastern Custom Knife Show, Winston-Salem, NC
  • 1997 - Best High Art Knife - Shenandoah Valley Knife Show, Harrisonburg, VA
  • 1996 - Best Fantasy Knife - Southeastern Custom Knife Show, Winston-Salem, NC
  • 1994 - Wooden Sword Award - Ken Warner, Editor, Knives 94
  • 1989 - Judges Choice Award, Best Presentation - Chesapeake Knife Show, Baltimore, MD
PREVIOUSLY SOLD ITEMS
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Black Knight
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Mahogany and Waterbuck
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Mahogany Obsidian Neck Knife
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Mahogany Obsidian Neck Knife
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Neo-Special
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Primitive Obsidian Dagger
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Sabertooth Fantasy
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Silver Sheen Skinner
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Spirit: The Archer
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Stone Bowie
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Stone Bowie
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Stone Bowie
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Tyrannosaurus Rex Miniature
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Viper
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Woodland
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