July 11, 2015 - July 12, 2015| Register: $295
The first evidence of human beings using rock tools is between two and three million years ago. Over such a long time the process of tool making has advanced from simple sharp edges and choppers to an art form of complexity and beauty that provided people with knives, axes, adzes, chisels, arrow heads and spear points, saws, scrapers, and many other tools. The flint knapping class will begin by looking at how rocks break and which stones will provide the best tools. We will cover the two main methods of shaping stone in flint knapping, direct percussion and pressure flaking, and briefly look at indirect percussion. Tools and materials will be provided as we work on spalling, preforming, finishing and sharpening stone tools. Hand axes and large projectile points will also be demonstrated and taught. Flint knapping is a skill that predates homo sapiens, and has helped to develop the way our minds work, our cultures, and human technology from its beginning.