Learn the ancient art of shaping stone at MDC workshop Jan. 15 in Waynesville

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Waynesville, Mo. – If the ancient art of shaping stone into arrow points, knives, and other sharp tools interests you, join Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) for a flint knapping workshop from 2 – 4 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 15 at Waynesville Rural Fire District Training Center.

Flint knapping is the process of chipping away materials from flint, chert, obsidian, glass, and other high silica materials in a controlled manner to make sharp tools.

Advance registration is required for this event and can be completed online here. 

“We’ll be transforming simple rocks into artistic and functional points similar to the ones used by early man for arrowheads and other tools,” MDC Conservation Educator Dwight Warnke said. “Learning how people used the resources in the past connects us to our history and to the importance of nature in our everyday lives.”

The class will be held outdoors around fire pits; but warmth, classroom space, and restrooms are nearby at the Waynesville Rural Fire District Training Center.

Participants are asked to please be prepared and dressed for whatever weather conditions may develop on Jan. 15.

All family members that plan to attend must be registered. To ensure the safety of all, in-person programs require family groups to socially distance, and masks are recommended. Those interested are reminded to follow current health recommendations which include stay home if you’re sick, wash hands with soap and water and/or use hand sanitizer, and be considerate of others.

Gloves and goggles will be worn during the entirety of the class. Participants are asked to please bring water, leather gloves, rubber/polyurethane coated work gloves, and goggles.

Gloves and goggles can be provided to use during the class, if needed.

Waynesville Rural Fire District Training Center is located on the north side of I-44 at exit 153 (Buckhorn Exit); 25785 Red Oak Rd. in Waynesville, MO 65583.