Flintknapping with Dan Stueber

Alderleaf's Wilderness Instructor Apprenticeship Program hosted renowned flintknapper, Dan Stueber, for a special flintknapping workshop in early October, as part of the program's advanced skills classes.

Looking at Dan's collection

Dan shows Pete, Jeremy, and the Jareds some of the amazing pieces he has made, including historical replicas and obsidian knives with bone, antler and stone handles!

simple hand axe

We started the day off by making quartzite hand-axes using techniques that are more than 1.7 million years old!  This one was tested on a red alder sapling.

Dan teaching proper pressure flaking

Here is Dan explaining to us the proper way to position yourself while pressure flaking obsidian.

finishing up an arrowhead

Dan showcased different techniques by making this incredible arrowhead from start to finish right before our eyes!

Instructor Jeremy with obsidian blank

Nothing like fracturing with friends on a beautiful day!  Jeremy Williams, one of our core instructors, sat in on the class and can be seen here smiling and holding up an obsidian blank produced by percussion flaking.

Everyone left happy and hungering for more knowledge about stone tools! We look forward to hosting Dan Stueber again in the future!

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