What’s it about?
Working bone is a skill that was fundamental in our journey towards making evermore effective and reliable tools. Not only that, but making bone tools allowed our hunter gatherer ancestors to share a deeper connection with, and understanding of, the animals that they were so dependent upon.
Bone is a versatile material that can be used to make all manner of tools and craft items ranging from simple designs to very intricate. The use of bone allowed us to create more effective clothing utilising tools such as needles and pins.
In a recent find, 500,000 year old bone tools were found in Britain, highlighting just how far back in time they stretch.
What will I do on this bone tools course?
During this one day course, led by Billy Souter, you will learn techniques on how to work bone using other natural materials such as flint and abrasive stones, as well as selecting specific bones to create different tools.
The day will start by discussing some of the points above and looking at a selection of bone tools such as:
- Spear tips and
- Arrow heads.
After that it will be time for you to warm up those fingers and start shaping some bone!
You can view our full course schedule here.
Location: Westwell, Kent
Duration: 1 day
Course size: Maximum of 8
Catering: We’ll provide tea & coffee, you’ll need to bring a packed lunch
Note: There’s a short walk from the meeting point to the camp.
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