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London | Wednesday 21 August
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Flint Knapping and the Owl Project


Flint knapping is the act of shaping flint into the desired shape by knocking it with a harder piece of stone or bone, depending on the size and shape of the object you want to create. This technique has been used since prehistoric times and largely went out of use with the invention of the much more versatile metals such as iron. However, flint knapping was still used to make gun flints up until the 17th century, and flint and steel is still used today for firelighting.

Owl Project use the sounds of flint knapping to make music – striking the flint with another stone is sometimes referred to as percussion. Combining ancient and modern technology, they are interested in how rhythms are the creators of forms and also one of the foundations of music.

At the Rock Music talk this Saturday at 2pm, Steve Symons, Simon Blackmore and Antony Hall from the Owl Project will be in conversation to reveal how the residency has influenced, and inspired the direction of their latest creation.

If you want an introduction to flint knapping before you come to see Owl Project’s talk, check out this charming American flint knapper explain what it’s all about.

Also, you can check out Bryan Sitch from Manchester Museum talking about flint tools here.


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