The art of working with stone, bone, wood, shell and antler tools, is almost as old as mankind itself. Three million years ago our ancestors discovered that they were able to utilise the sharp edges of freshly broken stone to penetrate skin, cut meat and shape wood, bone and antler. With these basic materials we will see how our ancestors made very sophisticated projectile points – bladed, blunt and barbed.
This is the second of a series of ancient technology courses, with a different theme each year – this years course will focus on the crafting of historical projectile points, from our own ancestral past and other artefacts from around the world – from ancient stone tipped spears to Magdalenian barbed harpoon.
Led by Werner Pfeifer, Deborah Nickolls and Ben McNutt, you will follow the evolutionary steps in the development of different types of stone, wood, bone, shell and antler tools, and learn the basic techniques of primitive technology. Everyone on the team is passionate about ancestral skills and crafts. Debs has an MA in Fine Art and loves working with natural materials and practicing different techniques. Werner is a professional stone-age man using ancient skills on a daily basis and Ben has a BA in Fine Art specialising in sculpture. Together we aim to make some beautiful and functional objects. In four days we will do what mankind had to discover over several millennia 🙂
This is an introductory level course and a great starting point for those interested in becoming proficient in these ancient skills.
- Days: Sun PM – Thurs PM (4 Nights)
- Location: Lake District, England
- Food & Accommodation: Fully catered and includes camping fees
- Activity: Prim Tech – Projectiles
- Group Size: 6-14 (Av.10)
- Physical Rating: Easy
- Date: 5-9th September 2021
- Venues: Lyth Valley, The Lakes
- Hard wood points
- Antler harpoons
- Shell composite tips
- Slate spear heads
- Arrow heads
- Barbed points
- Bone points
- This course is fully catered throughout – we do our best to source food that is wild, local, organic, seasonal and nutritious. (This negates the need to buy food and bring stoves, fuel and cooking gear – it also maximises your learning time with us).
- The free loan of specialist bushcraft camping equipment – hammocks, tarps, laplander saws, fire-steels, billy cans, etc.
- Camping fees are included.
- We offer a complimentary pick-up and drop-off service from and to the nearest railway station at set times.