Flint knapping and primitive glues

flint knapping | primitive glues | bushcraft | Kent | London | south east

What’s it about?

It’s thought that flint knapping was first used in Africa around 2.5 million years ago, long before Homo sapiens sapiens arose. Until metal was discovered, stone was the primary resource for making tools.

In southern Britain flint was the stone of choice.  It came from a variety of sources, including river gravels and cliff faces eroded by the sea.  It was also mined from deep underground using picks made from antlers and shovels made from the shoulder-blades of large herbivores such as cattle and horses.

What will I do on this flint knapping and primitive glues course?

During this introductory one day flint knapping course you’ll learn the basics of flint knapping and the techniques you’ll need to create functional items.

You’ll start the day by looking at a range of tools where flint has been used for both the finished item and also in the production of other craft items.

We’ll discuss and demonstrate some methods of removing flakes from bigger pieces of stone in order to be used for smaller items.  You’ll gain knowledge in some knapping basics such as sourcing stone, gauging quality material, blade removal, creating platforms, flaking and what’s useful for a good knapping kit including various flakers and hammer stones.

The course will focus on you:

  • Producing arrowheads,
  • Creating blades for all manner of uses, and
  • Making drill tips.

Aside from flint knapping, you’ll have the opportunity to use some of the flint points you create to make a flint drill under the expert guidance of the course leader, Billy Souter.

Flint drills are a wonderful example of simple but incredibly effective Stone Age technology.  A tool that is in theory easy to make, but has so many practical applications.  These drills are regularly used on our Bone Tools and Primitive Fishing Kits courses for various purposes.

Primitive glue making will be a key component of the day and you’ll learn how to make your own resin glue and see the variety of materials that can be incorporated into the glue, depending on the desired tool.

By the end of the day you’ll have gained a solid understanding of basic flint knapping techniques, a variety of simple flint tools/components and primitive resin glue.

A fantastic course for anyone looking to learn more about ancestral skills, whether you have no previous experience or want to build on your existing knowledge.

You can view our full course schedule here.

Other information

Location: Westwell, Kent

Duration: 1 day

Start: 10am

End: 4pm

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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 by Ralph
Flint knapping and primitive glue day

An excellent, educational and entertaining workshop.

I attended this course in May 2024, it is my third ancestral skills course with Jack Raven. Although no prior knowledge is required to enjoy this course.

Billy the tutor is very knowledgable and a great communicator, who has a clear joy in passing on his knowledge. The course is hands on, and there was a large handling collection of flint objects to examine close up. Everything is provided to work the locally sourced flint into usable tools. Most of the group opted to make flint drills. Everything to produce this tool was completed using only the techniques available to our neolithic ancestors, no modern knives, sandpaper or saws were utilised. Even the green hazel shaft and the glue to attach the flint points were gathered and made authentically. Everybody on the course left with either a drill or other stone tool.

I believe everybody came away with an appreciation of the skill required by our ancestors to make their own tools and a new understanding of flint as a material. Flint is an incredible resource. A durable material with many practical uses.

I would recommend this course if you are looking for something slightly different in Bushcraft knowledge or are curious about experimental archeology.