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ATLATL COURSE


Flint knapping and Atlatl course.

One of the few skills which can truely be deemed as purely bushcraft in its most fundamental form is flint knapping. A skill mastered by our ancestors and one which saw them transported from proto-humans to modern man.

And a step beyond the knapping is the ability not only to make your tools but use them in a practicle manner.

And this is the key to what our Atlatl course is all about.



Under the highly knowledgable guidance of expert knapper and Archeaologist Karl Lee the course was tasked to shake off their steel dependance and learn to truely understand mans most basic, and first tools.


Using only flint tool the group not only made themselves knives, hand axes and projectile points but all carved digging tools and gathered the materials for a ground oven. Before putting all their new found knowledge into a final project, the carving of a Atlatl caster and dart complete with fletched shaft and flint tip - sinewed and glued with resin.


A great weekend, jam packed full of fun and information which saw 8 21st century boys and girls transported back to the stone age and given the tools and knowledge to make all their own tools and a highly effective hunting tool - skills and knowledge which are truely time and priceless!

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