Here’s a question. Is a reproduction ever as good as the original? Is a sequel ever as good as the first hit movie, or Lady Gaga as good as Madonna? I learned the answer to that question quite without asking it when I visited Willow Park resident Marvin Glasgow’s garage yesterday.
The answer is a sheepishly humble – ummmm, yes. When it’s made of the original material and in the same way it sure can be.
Marvin makes arrowheads. He makes them the same painstakingly patient way the original nomadic hunters from early Willow Park did – chipping masterfully off the edge of a stone with a hand-made tool until the edge is sharp enough to bring down a thundering buffalo for dinner or protect your loved ones from home invaders.
Apparently he thought I was invading his home because his casual, “Here, feel this edge,” drew blood. And he had a good laugh out of it. (Don’t worry, we both had a good laugh out of it).
My next thought was that we need to start spreading the reputation about people like Marvin around the Metroplex to make those naieve city thieves think twice about coming out to vandalize the sitting ducks in Parker County again.
Marvin is an amateur archaeologist, historian and craftsman. His home is like a museum of artifacts, both on display and carefully cataloged in boxes, from native peoples in this area and around the country. He has reproduced full throwing darts with a simple launcher that can send an arrow like a missile up to 800 feet. He also has finds like pottery with original painted designs.
Some of the arrowheads he has found are thousands of years old, dating back to the Clovis period. According to Smithsonian Magazine, “Clovis points are wholly distinctive. Chipped from jasper, chert, obsidian and other fine, brittle stone, they have a lance-shaped tip and (sometimes) wickedly sharp edges… Typically about four inches long and a third of an inch thick, they were sleek and often beautifully made.”
Clovis points have been considered America’s first invention, and the oldest of which were actually found here in Texas, dating back 13,500 years.
Marvin works closely with state historical organizations and helps with research projects as they arise. You can see him at the Doss Heritage Center giving demonstrations to school students regularly. He also sells his reproductions as they are or mounted as jewelry.
What started as a shared hobby with his father has led to a lifelong contribution to the understanding of our community and those who called these lands home before us.