WEEKEND FLINT KNAPPING COURSE
With Will Lord
9.30am Saturday - 3.30pm Sunday
For adults and children aged 10 and over accompanied by an adult
Due to popular demand and recent feedback we are now offering a 2 day workshop!
We're very excited to be running a Weekend Flint Knapping course. Our one-day Flint Knapping course has been very popular for many years and we have listened and responded to your request of having a longer course so you can take your Flint Knapping skills that bit further.
Many previous customers have expressed that they really want to have a second day before the principles of knapping slip from their grasp. So here it is, for the first time in April of this year we will be running a Two Day Flint Knapping Course in our beautiful woodland near Canterbury in Kent.
Not only will you be shown HOW to flint knap, you'll also shown HOW to Haft a handle on to your blade or a shaft on to your arrow head!
No experience necessary!Ultimately the 2 day Flint Knapping Workshop will give you a better chance of coming away with a richer understanding and a stronger chance of replicating fine primitive tools. The aim is for everyone attending to get to a standard of knapping where by they manufacture a tool that they can haft a handle onto.
Whether this will be your first experience of knapping or whether you have some prior knowledge and skills this course is for you. Each participant will receive one to one tuition with Will Lord and so you will be able to work at your own level and at your own pace.
Day 1 Will Lord presents a demonstration of tool culture, the techniques required and tools used throughout the process. Followed by a hands-on session where you start working with the Flint. Each participant will have 1:1 tuition with Will guiding you in producing a tool to be proud of.
- Understanding Flint and stone selection
- Tools: Quartzite hard hammers, Red Deer soft hammers, Copper tip & Deer tine flaker
- Knapping techniques: Percussion, indirect percussion, pressure flaking, blade core technology
- Modern minds meeting ancient minds through hands across the stone
Day 2 Things should really warm up on day 2 with eager hearts and hands at the ready.
The tuition delivered is tailored to cater for archaeology, bushcraft and general interest.
The day will start with Will doing a short recap of the skills and techniques. With the benefit of Day One's experience you will have gained more confidence in your knapping skills and the journey into Day Two will be more lucrative with regards to the tools that you manufacture.
During the second day you will either haft your arrow head on to a shaft or your blade onto a handle using sinew, deer skin and pitch glue and in doing so make a very splendid looking tool/weapon; created by you with a vision of the past. The necessary equipment such as Pine pitch for gluing and wood and Antler for handles will be provided. And in addition we will supply natural cordage (willow bark and sinew).
- Hafting an arrow head on to a shaft Replications of prehistoric artefacts
- Hafting blades onto handles
- Using sinew, deer skin and pitch glue
"The course was fascinating on so many levels - part bushcraft, part archaeology, part sculpture and part meditation! The two-day course was definitely worth it - I learnt loads on the first day, but the second day allowed me to really 'get it' and I would recommend the extra time to anyone. My thanks to you both for such a worthwhile couple of days" Julian Burnell
We personally feel that a 2 day course in flint knapping will leave you feeling rewarded in what you have achieved and we look forward to meeting you and assisting you on your journey to realize your primitive selves. "Will was great! Very encouraging, helpful and patient and I achieved my aim, which was to understand flint."
Directions & kit list will be sent via email two weeks prior to course date
Event timing 9.30am Sat -3.30pm Sun (arrival time from 9am)
We only accept use of fixed blade knifes.
We erect a large parachute in the trees for shelter.
There is a bush toilet on site.
We have a selection of equipment for sale on the course; Fixed blade knifes, Fire steels, Kelly kettles & books, Field guides, Thermal mugs.
Appropriate clothing and footwear for season (Wet weather gear)
Camping chair/stool - benches are provided but not very comfortable
Working gloves Packed lunch/drink Mug Personal First aid kit
This course is self-catering and so please bring all you need to feed yourself for the weekend.
(There will be a central fire which will be available for cooking on too).
Tea, coffee, herbal teas and fresh drinking water are provided.
Please bring all necessary camping equipment for your own use.
Please note that we do not have the use of showers (you are welcome to bring a solar shower bag)
A kit list is included in the joining instructions and will be sent two weeks prior to the course.
By train: We can collect from the local train station which is Aylesham or provide contact details of taxi if arriving in Canterbury.
By car: Directions to site will be sent via email prior to the course. Please do not use post-code from website as this is our office address and not where course is held.
There is car-parking space within the woodland.
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