Flint Knapping Day course
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About the Course
Learn how to create primitive tools such as axe heads, knife blades, arrowheads, and hide scrapers from nodules of flint during our flint knapping day course.
The day will begin with an initial safety briefing and a ‘tour’ of basecamp. Our instructors will then take you through the different types of primitive tools you will be using throughout the course. You will be shown how to use these tools to create axe heads, knife blades, arrowheads, and hide scrapers from nodules of flint.
There will be a selection of handmade flint tools around the ‘craft zone’ to give you a better understanding of there uses and to give you inspiration.
You will be shown the techniques of using hard hammers (quartzite pebbles) and soft hammers (antler) on flint nodules to create wonderful unique flint blades. You will also be shown pressure flaking, which allows you to create a finer more robust edge to arrowheads.
Our guest instructor Andrew Packer will share his knowledge and experience with you during the day, helping you to create a selection of flint tools and leaving you with an understanding of their uses and the history behind them.
This course will be held in a woodland setting complete with a tasty woodland lunch. All equipment will be provided, including soft and hard hammers, thigh mats, protective goggles and of course the flint!
At the end of the course, you will walk away with an increased knowledge of flint knapping and primitive technology, and everything you make on the day you can take home with you.
Over the course of the day you will learn:-
The Fundamentals of flint knapping and the history behind it
How to select the correct flint nodules to use
How to use hard hammers for percussion flaking
How to use soft hammers for pressure flaking
How to make an axe head or knife blade
How to make an arrowhead
How to make hide scrapers
This course is fully catered.
This course will run on one day starting at 9:30am and finishing at 4pm.
Course Price £85
Location: This course is held at our Wiltshire site close Swindon.
If booking with a CraftCourses voucher for part or all of the course fee, please fill in the contact form above or telephone us. Your voucher code must be provided at the point of booking.
What's included in the price?
All meals for this course will be provided, allowing each student the opportunity to do some bushcraft cooking over an open fire. We have a kettle always on the go so you can help yourself to tea, coffee, squash and biscuits. We also have fresh drinking water and a fruit bowl available.
This course starts at 9:30am and finishes at 4pm.
Joining instructions will be sent to participants once full payment has been made along with your receipt. This will include details of where to meet, when to meet, and what to bring with you.
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Course Start DatesSaturday 21st July 2018
- Suitable for beginners
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