2.5 hoursClass Size
Making sharp edges and simple tools from stone has been a skill used around the world for hundreds of thousands of years (millions in some regions). Experimental archaeologist Dr. James Dilley has been flintknapping since the age of 10 and now has his work on display in The British Museum, Stonehenge, and many other museums. He believes a good understanding of the process is key to grasping the skill and setting a solid knowledge foundation. The workshop will begin with the very basics before moving onto specific tools. It’s often forced upon students to worry about the shape of a tool on a workshop before actually understanding the technique. Once you can detach good flakes consistently, the next steps in the learning journey become much easier. The aim of this workshop will be for participants to go away with the knowledge to pick up a piece of flint and know how to work their way through it. Flake tools such as backed knives, scrapers and piecers will be covered.
Selecting suitable starting lumps of flint can be a challenge, recognising potential striking platforms and the identifying correct angles are impossible without a huge time investment of self tuition. On the basic workshop, these areas will be covered as it’s a question that frequently comes up.