Re: Flint knapping

Matthew Hill (mhill@WATARTS.UWATERLOO.CA)
Wed, 7 Sep 1994 08:44:03 -0400

On Wed, 7 Sep 1994, Michael Bauser wrote:

> On Tue, 6 Sep 1994 14:57:39 CDT Rob Quinlan said:
> >in contemporary (historical) cultures? OR does anyone know how to flint
> >knap? I'm curious about how long it takes to learn to knap, how long it
> >takes to be marginally competent, how long it takes to be an expert. That
I recall Desmond Clark in lecture saying that his students easily learned
to make choppers but never produced quality handaxes in a single term.

From limited observation, it seems to me that flint-knappers who are
exchanging technical knowhow or teaching make relatively little use
of speech. It is more importantly a matter of observation and physical
correction - Kinasthetic learning rather than symbolic.
Can anyone falsify this notion?
I have pondered the idea of doing an ethnography of a flint-knapping