Working bone is a skill that was fundamental in our journey towards making evermore effective and reliable tools. Not only that, but making bone tools allowed our hunter gatherer ancestors to share a deeper connection with, and understanding of, the animals that they were so dependent upon.
Bone is a versatile material that can be used to make all manner of tools and craft items ranging from simple designs to very intricate. The use of bone allowed us to create more effective clothing utilising tools such as needles and pins.
In a recent find, 500,000 year old bone tools were found in Britain, highlighting just how far back in time they stretch.
During this one day course you will learn techniques on how to work bone using other natural materials such as flint and abrasive stones, as well as selecting specific bones to create different tools.
The day will start by discussing some of the points above and looking at a selection of bone tools such as:
Spear tips and
After that it will be time for you to warm up those fingers and start shaping some bone!
About us and the venue:
Jack Raven Bushcraft was founded in 2011 and we've been delivering bushcraft, craft and foraging courses since then from our 30 acre private ancient woodland on the Kent Downs in an area of outstanding natural beauty.
Courses in the summer are held outdoors in our woodland camp complete with covered work areas, an outdoor kitchen and a composting loo. Courses in the winter are held in our workshop in a converted barn.
Cancellation and a full refund can be obtained up to 8 weeks before the course starts. Start dates may be amended on request.
We include all tools, equipment and materials.
The kettle is always on for tea and coffee.
1 day (10:00am to 4:00am)
This craft course provider has been awarded Bronze status for receiving 1 or more 5 star ratings from previous students.
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They also allow tutors to gain valuable feedback on their courses and for new students to find the course that's right for them.