Stone chipping demonstration or Flintknapping with Tom Lucas

Flint Knapping is slowly becoming a lost art and (as we found out) is a very dangerous one.  Tom Lucas who is a local artist and ancient native tool expert gave an amazing stone chipping demonstration otherwise known as flintknapping.  A technique used by native Americans and passed down through generations, though Mr. Lucas was self-taught.

FlintknappingTom Lucas taught himself, as a boy, flint knapping through trial and error.  He was extremely entertaining and told several stories how he scared his mother by almost cutting off several fingers, and his hand several times and even recently made a huge gash in his hand which needed several stitches.  This is not for the light of heart and is very dangerous if you know what you are doing and especially if you don’t.

FlintknappingThe demonstration took a little over an hour, and the kids sat in amazement as he made this huge churt or volcanic rock, into an arrow-head.  He had no idea what it would become when he started and explained this over and over to the kids.

Here is what the girls had to say about flintknapping:

  • I was amazed that people like, Mr. Tom Lucas, still do flintknapping today.
  • It was super cool that he didn’t plan out what he was going to make before he started carving and chipping away at the stone
  • I loved that he invites kids to come watch as he makes arrowheads by hand
  • Mr. Lucas explained not to plan out what you are going to make but let the piece be formed as you make it.
  • He told us that nothing is ever perfect and sometimes those pieces turn out to look the best.
  • Even if you think you are good sometimes chances are your piece might just break

Here some info we found on the internet about flintknapping:

Flintknapping and stone tools

Flintknapping Glossary

About Chrissie

Follow our crazy journey across America as we visit roadside oddities, historical land marks and beautiful landscapes. I have ton of ideas and review educational products that will help you get the most on your home school adventure. We are an Unschool family that believes the world is our classroom and is teaching our children to self direct their education to a better future.