Flintknapping Course

Flintknapping Course Details:
Dates: Jun 22-23, 2019
Duration: 9am Sat - 4pm Sun
Location: Monroe, WA
Instructor: Russell Field
Cost: $450

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 such as flint and chert. The class is designed for beginners new to flintknapping. Students will make various stone tools 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)

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