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Flint Knapping & Primitive Tool Apprenticeship


The Flint Knapping & Primitive Tool Apprenticeship is a 3 month hands-on experience where you will learn basic and advanced tool production. This apprenticeship will guide you through all the stages of reduction that are proven to be the most effective way to produce the sharpest edge possible on stones. You will also learn how to properly use antler, stone, and bone tools to reduce raw stone into usable tools. The stone will be your teacher and we will be your translator. You may find the lessons learned are beyond mere flake removal.

When: April 8, 11, 25 May 9, 13, 16 June 3, 6, 20 and July 1  (Wednesday 6:30 -8:30 pm Sunday 11am- 3pm)

Ages: 18 and older
Registration Fee: $700 (includes $100 tool use and materials)

Payment plan is available- once you submit your registration return to this page and sign up to make installments.

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You will learn the following skills during this program:

  • Bi polar percussion
  • Pecking and grinding
  • Direct percussion
  • Indirect percussion
  • Several pressure flaking techniques
  • Proper biface reduction
  • How to make Drill points
  • How to make spears and arrowheads
  • How to make blades
  • Hafting and adhesives
  • Basic bone tools and uses

Study/research/dirt time: It is encouraged that each participant do additional research and practice on their own time. This will help further your progression.

Workshop Location

4004 31st Street
Mount Rainier
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Bill Kaczor - Founder/ CEO 2007-Present

Bill is the CEO and one of the original founders of Ancestral Knowledge. Bill has worked and studied intensively with the masters in the fields of; youth mentoring, naturalist studies, primitive technology, wilderness survival, and tracking. He has been teaching children and adults in these subjects since 1996 — For five years Bill worked as head instructor for the Children of the Earth Foundations- Coyote Tracks summer camps, and two years as the assistant director. He has instructed students at the University of Maryland, Georgetown University, Rivercane and Falling Leaves Rendezvous, Mid-Atlantic Primitive Skills Gathering (MAPS Meet), and Roots Rendezvous. Bill has instructed for 5 years at Tom Brown Jr.’s Tracker School teaching primitive traps, bow making, flint knapping, pottery and hide tanning. In 1999, Bill chose to leave his skateboard/snowboard business and dedicate his life to teaching these skills and connecting people with the natural world. Shortly afterward, Bill designed and was granted an after school and summer program for the 21st Century Learning Community in Public School District 150 in Peoria, Illinois. This program was successful in that it led the children to a respect for nature, respect for themselves and others, self-discipline and adventure. Bill is a specialist in bow making, stone tool technologies, hide tanning, fire by friction and hunting.

Read what Tom Brown Jr said about Bill

Knapping Apprenticeship Installment Plan
Number of payments 4
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Due* Amount
At checkout $175.00 USD
Every 4 weeks (x 3) $175.00 USD
Total $700.00 USD
* We calculate payments from the date of checkout.
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Date: April 8, 2018

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