Flint Knapping course

During this course our primitive skills instructor will teach your how to create primitive tools such as axe heads, knife blades, arrowheads, and hide scrapers from nodules of flint. Everything you make during this course you’ll take home with you at the end.

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Locations

This course is run from our Wiltshire and Gloucestershire sites. Full details of how to get to the site will be provided once you have booked.

Catering

All meals for this course will be provided, allowing each student the opportunity to do some bushcraft cooking over an open fire. We have a kettle always on the go so you can help yourself to tea, coffee, squash and biscuits. We also have fresh drinking water and a fruit bowl available.

Minimum Age

We would advise that this course is suitable for 16 years old and upwards, under 18’s must be accompanied by a paying adult.

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Flint Knapping course

During this course our primitive skills instructor will teach your how to create primitive tools such as axe heads, knife blades, arrowheads, and hide scrapers from nodules of flint. Everything you make during this course you’ll take home with you at the end.

Over the course of the day you’ll learn:

  • The Fundamentals of flint knapping and the history behind it
  • How to select the correct flint nodules to use
  • How to use hard hammers for percussion flaking
  • How to use soft hammers for pressure flaking
  • How to make an arrowhead
  • How to make hide scrapers

Your Day                                                                                                                     9.30 – 16.30


Arrive at Hands on Bushcraft

 You’ll be welcomed by one of our instructors and guided through the woodland to our basecamp, where you’ll be given a safety briefing before being handed the tools you’ll be using during the day.

Tools for the job

Our instructors will take you through the safe handling of the various stone tools you’ll be using throughout the day, from hard hammers to soft hammers. They will also demonstrate how to effectively remove the flint from the nodules.

Getting used to the materials

It’s important that you take time to get comfortable with the material and tools before you start to create the arrow heads.

Arrow head and hide scrapers

Now you’ve had time to practice using the tools an handling the material, you’ll begin to create fine arrow heads and hide scrappers.

Primitive glues and arrow shafts

Once you’ve created a few arrow heads you’ll be taken through how to haft the flint head onto a hazel shaft and add fletchings using bird feathers. You’ll be using pine resin glue to attach the arrow head and feathers to the hazel shaft.

Testing you arrow

The final test will be to fire you arrow at a target, to see how well it flies through the air. Can you hit the target?

Course finishes

All good things must come to an end, time to pack up and head home.