Flintknapping Course

Flintknapping Course Details:
Dates: Jul 24-26, 2015
Duration: 6:30pm Fri - 3pm Sun
Location: Monroe, WA
Instructor: Dan Stueber
Cost: $300

Flintknapping: Making Stone Tools

In this hands on class students will be guided through the process of making spear points, arrow points, knives, and a variety of other stone tools. Using obsidian and the traditional flintknapping methods that were used by prehistoric people, students will learn percussion techniques for core and biface reduction, pressure techniques for finishing spear, and atlatl dart points, and making arrow points.

Class demonstrations and discussions will include a variety of topics including the use of obsidian and stone materials other than obsidian and heat-treating flint, chert and other material. The class is designed for students at all skill levels, beginning through advanced. Students will receive a basic flintknapping kit to take home.

Students should bring:

  • Thin leather gloves or neoprene/nitro garden gloves
  • Glasses or safety goggles (Alderleaf has goggles that can be used)
  • All students must wear long pants and closed toed shoes or boots while flintknapping.
  • If you have done any flintknapping prior to the class please bring examples of things you’ve made. (no prior experience necessary)
  • If you have flintknapping tools, leather pads or antler you would like to use for tools, please bring them. (Alderleaf equipment is also available for use)
  • Bring any knapping materials you have that you would like to work on. (Alderleaf provides obsidian for the class)

For answers to logistical questions, such as camping options, traveling to Alderleaf, what kind of weather to expect, etc... visit our Frequently Asked Questions page.

Instructor Bio:

Dan Stueber flintknapping

Dan Stueber has been flintknapping for thirty years and has been teaching flintknapping classes for over two decades, and was a student of world renown flintknapper and experimental archaeologist Dr. Errett Callahan.  Dan's interest in stone tools encompasses stone tool technologies from around the world and he has done research on collections in many museums in North America, Europe, New Zealand and Hawaii. He teaches a summer course in prehistoric technologies at the University of Victoria in BC, Canada and works in Portland, Oregon for Archaeological Investigations Northwest as a stone tool analyst. Learn more about Dan Stueber at his website, Thunderstones.com.

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