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Basic Flintknapping

Course Overview

Have you ever wondered how our ancestors produced sharpened tools of stone-like axe heads, knife blades, and arrow points? Learn how flintknapping evolved and how to identify appropriate base materials from which you can produce a variety of sharpened stone tools. This class will introduce the basic techniques of pressure flaking and percussion, providing the basis for years of frustration, small cuts to the hand, and the exhilaration of crafting a thing of beauty and utility from a rock. Materials fee includes practice stone and tools for class use, a 3/4-inch diameter bopper for percussion work, a hand pad for pressure flaking, a small pressure flaker, a coarse abraider, 1-biface and several pieces of high quality flint flakes. Materials fee includes a seven-piece knapping kit.

Course Details

Length: 2 Days