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Elfshot

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Biography

"When I came up with the name Elfshot I felt more comfortable drawing from European folklore than from native cultures.  My credibility as a flintknapper comes from my being an archaeologist."  Tim Rast

 When people in Europe would find flint arrowheads in days gone by they called them "elfshot" supposing fairies made them.  Today, without modern shortcuts or power tools, Tim Rast flintknaps artifact reproductions just as the originals would have been made hundred and thousands of years ago.  Only his initials "TR" distinguish his authentic reproduction knives and harpoons from the originals.  Being a professional archaeologist and based in Newfoundland, Tim Rast is blessed with ready access to artifact collections and a wealth of raw materials.  He uses stone, wood, moose and caribou parts, sealskin, whalebone and baleen collected from Newfoundland's woods and beaches.  Most of Rast's jewellery designs are based on the flintknapped arrowhead.  It is a simple but mesmerizing interplay of rounded curves and sharp lines, a shape with contemporary appeal that over millions of years is hard-wired in our species.  When making jewellery, Rast grinds the razor sharp edge off the arrowhead to make them safe to wear and handle.

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Contact Information

Contact: Tim Rast
P.O. Box 23065, Churchill Square
St. John's, NL A1B 4J9

Phone: 709-576-4456
Fax: None

elfshot.tim@gmail.com
http://www.elfshotgallery.blogspot.com