In this class students will be introduced to the basic tools, techniques, and rocks involved in the art of flintknapping. Safety, history, and the local community of today’s knappers will also be covered.
Students will be personally guided through the experience of creating their own arrowheads, knives, or art. The instructor will provide obsidian, loaner tools, and other necessary equipment. The primary focus of this class is to learn and practice knapping techniques. If you would like to take some obsidian rocks home, please bring a bucket to tote them.
Appropriate for all skill levels.
Class takes place at Arbutus Folk School, 610 4th Ave E, Olympia. Enter from the alley behind the Arbutus building.
All materials, tools, and equipment will be provided. Eye protection is required; glasses are OK. Bring your own safety glasses or instructor will provide goggles. If you have tight fitting, thin, nitrile or work/gardening gloves, bring them along. Instructor will also have loaner gloves. Students should wear clothes that can get dirty, and closed-toe shoes.
Open to students ages 12 and older. Slightly younger mature children may register if accompanied by a registered guardian.