31st March 2012: Flintknapping Workshop at West Stow

My first public beginners flintknapping workshop of 2012 was held at Anglo-Saxon village at West Stow in Suffolk. Once again we used the area outside the splendid reconstructed workshop building.

Eight keen members of the general public joined me on a chilly afternoon to learn about the age old art of flintknapping and some very creditable knapping was performed by the novices, including a very good attempt at a neolithic arrowhead.

Their feed back suggested they enjoyed the event:


"James was helpful and very interactive. A good fellow" > Mark W. (Bury St. Edmunds)

"Really good day" > Lee S. (Chelmsford)

"Very informative - really made us appreciate the skill of early people. Background knowledge was excellent" > Paul & Kate D. (Hockley)

"Really interesting and enjoyed it " > Alex W. (West Stow)


My thanks to the West Stow team for inviting me back again this year

I am trying to arrange more flintknapping workshops at West Stow for 2012, including a more advanced course that will introduce soft antler hammers. I will also be talking to West Stow about other primitive craft courses that could be organised, such as making a prehistoric arrow (this will include knapping the arrowhead, preparing the shaft, fletching, glue making and assembly).

>> Watch this space or contact West Stow for more news <<

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