|Christy making an ulu|
|Patrick's point and ulu|
We started with nice pieces of slate that were roughly in the shapes we wanted, and ground them on large graywacke rocks with a little water and sand. It is amazing how quickly the slate grinds down.
I first learned to grind slate at Spirit Camp at Dig Afognak when I was in 7th grade. The slate grinding instructor was none other than Patrick! Of course, I didn't really know him then and I had no idea that he would be so instrumental in starting my career in archaeology. And here I am 15 years later, digging with Patrick and making ulus again!