Published March 02. 2023 08:49AM
The Museum of Indian Culture, 2825 Fish Hatchery Road, Allentown, presents the ancient art of flintknapping with a beginner’s workshop 4-6 p.m. March 11.
Flintknapping is the process of reducing large cores of raw stone in a controlled manner with special tools to produce sharp projectile points or tools.
Natives of North America have produced the finest flint and jasper projectiles and blades in the world.
These prehistoric artists are the inspiration for modern day flintknappers.
Thirty-year flintknapping veteran Rich Poirier will walk participants through the step-by-step process of using percussion flaking techniques to make a biface or arrowhead from raw flint.
At the beginner’s workshop, learn how to make arrowheads from local stone - an ancient skill mastered by Native Americans thousands of years ago.
The museum will also be offering an intermediate workshop 4- 6 p.m. March 18.
After learning how to make a biface in Level I, participants are ready to thin the biface to a razor sharp preform shape.
Then, pressure flake, the final stage which is notching and hafting the arrowhead to a shaft or handle for a knife.
There is a fee for both workshops and materials.
To register, visit museumofindianculture.org or email email@example.com.