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Knapping Artwork by Steve Allely

Winner - 2010 World Champian Notching Contest
(Some of Steve's Art may be for Sale)

Steve Allely is a living legend amongst flintknappers in the Pacific Northwest and throughout North America.  His flintknapping art has appeared in numerous editions of the Art of the Ancients Calendar though Steve himself has never submitted a photo.  A true Master Flintknapper, Steve is perhaps best know for his Ishi Points, going so far as to not only reproduce the style but the size and material favored by Ish and using the same type of tools Ishi used.  

Steve is the current 'host' of the Glass Buttes Knap-in - which means he arranges and puts up the money for the Porta-Potties and keeps them stocked with toilet paper - a daunting task!  While at the Glass Buttes Knap-in, Steve is very easy to locate - just look for the crowd of knappers taking lessons.  Everyone from newbies to the most experienced knappers try and get a place next to Steve and learn from the Master!  Steve is always willing to give advice and free instruction, whether it be to the crowd or one-on-one.  And whether you prefer 'modern' tools such as copper boppers or 'abo' tools such as hammerstones or antler tines, Steve does it all.

In addition to his exquisite knapping art, Steve is a master at reproducing Native American marital arts artifacts - bows, arrows, knives, etc.  His ability to produce extremely accurate details comes from years of studying  North America native tools and weapons.  He's an acknowledged expert in this field and has lectured in several foriegn countries, including Korea.

What many people don't realize is that Steve is an accomplished artist as well.  Steve painting art has been featured on Oregon Public Broadcast channel's Oregon Art Beat Program and hang in the homes of some very lucky art collectors!

Steve has recently combined his vast knowledge of Paleo Artifacts and painting art to help museums restore ancient artifacts.  A really worthwhile application of his talents!

And last but not least, Steve is an accomplished musician.  His bagpipes entertain knappers at Glass Buttes every year!

October 2021 Updates from Steve Allely

Montana agate Northern Side Notch

April 2021 Updates from Steve Allely

Moss Agate Wintu Point 2

Moss Agate Wintu Point 1

March 2021 Updates from Steve Allely

Banded carnelian agate

Banded carnelian agate

February 2021 Updates from Steve Allely

Rawhide sheath, sinew sewn, painted with natural earth pigments,
and some rows of blue and white pony beads. The knife is chipped
out of Oregon sunset jasper, glued into a yew wood handle and lashed
with nettle fiber cordage like an old example I saw from the Columbia River.
I wanted this to be an example of something from the mid Columbia plateau cultures.
I'm happy with how it turned out.

Long Jasper Hohokam point

Side 1

Side 2

January 2021 Updates from Steve Allely

Right, Burns Green Obsidian - Left, Montana agate.

Freckled SW style point out of Montana Agate- to scale!

Agate Hohokam 4 1/4" long

The hollow based one is a close copy of a European Neolithic

Freckled SW style point out of Montana Agate

Right - Armorican point replica of a type found in Brittany. Left - Quartz crystal copy of a 3,000 BC one from Spain

First Points of the New Year 1-2-2021!

December 2020 Updates from Steve Allely

Imperial Green Jasper Gunther Barbed Point

Elk point - Exotic greenish splotched obsidian from NV

Burns green banded obsidian

Replica of a Tribute point from the Spiro mound site in Oklahoma

Flint Ridge Gunther Barbed Point. Christmas candy point!

Montana agate point with a streak of Hershey's chocolate syrup

Green Moss Agate Wintu Point

Ruby Red Glass Wintu style Point - 3 1/2"

Agate Point

SW Style Point - Agate w/blood red base, clear center, and an orange tip

Elko style point/Red Carnelian Agate w/blood drop in the middle

November 2020 Updates from Steve Allely

Ruby Red Glass Ishi Point

October 2020 Updates from Steve Allely

Montana Agate Side Notch Point

September 2020 Updates from Steve Allely

Rainbow Obsidian Crump Lake Style Northern Side Notch Point

Wintu point/Montana Agate - 1

Wintu point/Montana Agate - 2

Ohio Flint Ridge

August 2020 Updates from Steve Allely

Orange Montana Agate Gunther-Rogue Point

Mexican 'Spider Web' Obsidian Ishi Point

July 2020 Updates from Steve Allely

Armorican point - Ohio Flint Ridge Chert

Orange Montana Agate Serrated Gunther

Red Glass Serrated Wintu Point

Wintu Point - Mexican Spider Seb Obsidian

Apr 2020 Updates from Steve Allely

Top two are Flint Ridge - bottom Gunther, Green Jasper

Hohokam Point Red Aussie Mook Jasper

March 2020 Updates from Steve Allely

February 2020 Updates from Steve Allely

Agate Points

Two Gunther Barbed Ohio Flint Ridge - Center Wintu Red Rip/Base Brazilian agate.

Gunther Barbed Point - Flint Ridge Chert

'Mint Green' Slag Gass Ishi Point

Blueish Cahokia Point - Ohio Flintridge Chert

Flint Ridge Cahokia

January 2020 Updates from Steve Allely

Deep Notched Cahokia - Flint Ridge Chert

Wild Green-colored Flint Ridge Cahokia Serrated Point

Multi-colored Flint Ridge flint Cahokia style point

Opal Glass Wintu point

Red Mook Jasper - SW style point

San Adreas Point - Fault Line!

Davis Creek Electric Blue - Expanding Notch Shasha

Columbia River - Vendetta Point

Montana Agate - Desert Side Notch

World Championship Ishi Points - by Steve Allely

Winner - 2nd Annual World Ishi Notching Contest

Winner - 2nd Annual World Ishi Notching Contest

2nd Place - Annual World Ishi Notching Contest - Montana Moss Agate

3rd Place - Annual World Ishi Notching Contest - Burn's Green Obsidan

Art from 2011 by Steve Allely

12/01/2017 Update From Steve

"Some glass and obsidian exact copies of Ishi points that I've been making of late. Very tricky to get them exactly the same shape, size and notch depths along with all the irregularities of the original points. These are all diamond signed lest anyone think I'm trying to make counterfeits for the wrong reasons."

Steve surrounded by Knappers taking lessons, including Emory Coons, Terry Kramer, Jim Smith and Dana Anderson

Steve at Glass Buttes palying the bagpipes

Is it Art or  Artistry?

Deer taken by Steve Allely

Sinew backed juniper replica Ishi bow, Birch Dowel replica Ishi arrow with obsdian point - the type that Ishi made after he came out of the wilderenss, like those he made at the museum with PopeSingle lung shot - went 200 yards and dropped


Steve's Art

Winning Point - 2010 Western Lithics World Notching Contest

Ishi Point - Glass, Notch less than 1mm

More Outstanding Ishi Points

Burns Green Obsidian Ishi

Fire Opal Point (side one)

Fire Opal Point (side two)

Cahokia Points (San Andreas) and offset Norgaard Sunset Style

San Adreas Close-up - from a single piece of bi-color obsidian (NO - it is NOT glued)

Steve's Artistic Side - Cahokia points abstract

Of the four points below, the two Ishi/Winto style Points are Steves, the red point and the Mahogany Bird Point are the work of Dana Anderson - a self-taught knapper with 50 years experience.

Two Ishi Points, on left about 3" long, the long one is  about 12"

Both points owned by Cecil and Emory Coons

Bows, Arrows and Atlatls

Reed and Otter Quivers

Bows and Atlatl

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