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:
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).