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ROY MILLER
A MODERN DAY FLINTKNAPPER
AND HIS
FLINT RIDGE QUARRY
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COPYRIGHT MARCH 31, 2007 PETER A. BOSTROM
Roy Miller in a Flint Ridge quarry pit.
ROY MILLER QUARRYING FLINT RIDGE
& A ROY MILLER DOVETAIL

Abstract image of Roy Miller points.

ABSTRACT
ROY MILLER &
THE FLINT RIDGE QUARRY

   This article illustrates and describes several examples of Roy Miller's "lithic art points" and describes his flint ridge quarry. Roy Miller's name is synonymous with flint ridge because he owns a portion of this famous geological formation. His land has produced some of the most colorful pieces of Flint Ridge flint ever seen. Roy is also a highly skilled flintknapper. For several years he's been producing some of the most beautiful points ever made from Flint Ridge flint and his points have been hotly sought after by collectors of modern lithic art.

ROY MILLER

     "Roy is well known across the country for his incredible pieces made from Flint Ridge, with the button-base (Dovetails) being his forte."---------2000, by Chips staff, "Chips, Vol. 12. #1," p. 11.

    "He (Roy Miller) has instructed numerous people (at knap-ins) and has been an inspiration to many others."---------2000, by Chips staff, "Chips, Vol. 12. #1," p. 11.

     "Although well known for his buttons (Dovetails), Roy is very well accomplished at making a long and impressive list of types (of points)."---------2000, by Chips staff, "Chips, Vol. 12. #1," p. 11.

FLINT RIDGE QUARRY

     "One of the greatest of the known aboriginal quarries is located on what is commonly called Flint Ridge, a narrow irregular plateau-capped line of hills in licking and Muskingum Counties, Ohio."---------1919, by W. H. Holmes, "Handbook of Aboriginal American Antiquities," Part I "Introductory The Lithic Industries," Smithsonian Institution, bulletin 60, p. 173-181.

     "The extent of the ancient operations (at the Flint Ridge quarries) is almost beyond belief and can be realized only imperfectly by those who have not visited the locality."---------1919, by W. H. Holmes, "Handbook of Aboriginal American Antiquities," Part I "Introductory The Lithic Industries," Smithsonian Institution, bulletin 60, p. 173-181.
 

Heat treated Flint Ridge flint.
ROY MILLER
FLINTKNAPPER

   If there is any one person who's name immediately conjures up colorful stone it's Roy Miller. That's because, as a flintknapping artist, his canvas is made of some of the most colorful stone in the world, Flint Ridge flint. Roy has an advantage over other knappers because, a few years ago, he bought several acres of the ancient Flint Ridge quarry in Licking County, Ohio. His land has produced some of the most colorful pieces of Flint Ridge flint that has ever been seen and he is putting it to good use.

Green River Dove by Roy Miller.
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"THE GREEN RIVER DOVE"
BY ROY MILLER

ROY MILLER COLLECTION

    This is one of Roy Miller's more famous button-base Dovetails. Its fame has been established by appearing in print one or more times and by being a fine example of Roy's flintknapping skill. His ability to duplicate these stylish Early Archaic points is well known. But, most of all, this point is famous for the color. This heat treat piece of Flint Ridge has all the colors and some of them, like the deep green is rare. It's been called the "Green River Dove" because of a band of green that meanders along one side. This point measures 5 11/16 inches (14.5 cm) long.

       Roy Miller grew up in an Amish family. So he was close to the land at an early age. He says he found his first flint point at the age of nine, when he was helping to plow a field with a team of horses. He says "He was captivated by the idea that an Indian, thousands of years ago, probably fashioned that point as a tool."


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DOVETAILS & E-NOTCHED POINT
BY ROY MILLER

PRIVATE COLLECTIONS

   These seven Dovetails and one E-notched point show several good examples of Roy Miller's points. He is able to match these ancient Early Archaic point forms as well as anyone in modern times. His button-base Ohio style Dovetails are his favorite points to make and they are the most sought after by collectors. These examples show the wide range of colors that can appear after heat treating Flint Ridge flint. The largest point in the center is made from an especially colorful piece of Flint Ridge. It measures 7 9/16 inches (19.1 cm) long. The "Green River Dove" is second from the right in the top row.

       Roy began surface collecting Ohio farm fields at an early age. His interest in ancient stone artifacts set him on a path that really began in 1980 when he started to experiment with flintknapping. He experimented on his own with nails, screwdrivers, pliers and hammers before he acquired a copy of D. C. Waldorf's "The Art Of Flintknapping." It took many years of hard work and practice to arrive where he is today, as one of the few highly skilled lithic artisans in the country.


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ROY MILLER POINTS
FLINT RIDGE FLINT
ROY MILLER COLLECTION

    These six points shows Roy's ability to make a wide variety of different point types. Pictured here from top left is a Dovetail, Ross, E-Notched, Thebes, Archaic Corner Notched and a Clovis point. All of these points are made of Flint Ridge flint from Roy's quarry. The Ross point measures 5 3/8 inches (13.6 cm) long.

       Roy has been attending knap-ins and promoting lithic art for many years. He's been involved with the Flint Ridge knap-in since the mid 1980's. In "Chips" under the "Knapper Profile" they write "He loves knap-ins, meeting people, and all the fun that he has with the craft. He is quick to pass out good information and knapping tips. He has instructed numerous people and has been an inspiration to many others."

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"REFERENCES"

1892, Moorehead, Warren K., "Primitive Man In Ohio," p. 31.
1912, Holmes, W. H., "Flint Ridge and Warsaw Quarries, Ohio," Handbook of Aboriginal American Antiquities, Part I, Introductory The Lithic Industries, Bureau of American Ethnology Bulletin 60, pp. 173-181.
1999, Blundo, Joe, "Flint Knappers," The Columbus Dispatch, Sept. 4.
1999
, Gramly, R. M., The Lamb Site:A Pioneering Clovis Encampment," 46 & 47.
2000
, Chips staff, "Chips," vol. 12, # 1, p. 11.
2007
, Personal communications with Roy Miller.

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