Folk Art, Flintknapping Gatherings at Bement – Billings Farmstead

Folk Art, Flintknapping Gatherings at Bement-Billings FarmsteadPictured are participants during a previous Flintknapping Gathering with Mike McGrath. Provided photo.

Two free “Flintknapping Gatherings I and II” will be held Aug. 3 and Sept. 21. Both will take place from 9 to 11:30 a.m. at the Bement Billings Farmstead Museum located on Route 38 in Newark Valley. The “Gatherings” are lead by Flintknapper Mike McGrath. 

Novice, beginner and advanced are invited to work together in this shared interest group. Also the public is invited to stop in and explore related topics with attendees such as how to locate resources, flint materials, and workshops available.

This is an opportunity for those interested in working on their flintknapping skills to work in a group environment. Participants bring their own flint and tools (if they have them) and projects to work on. Bring related projects to display and discuss. 

Folk Art, Flintknapping Gatherings at Bement-Billings Farmstead
Mike McGrath answers questions during a previous Flintknapping Gathering. Provided photo.

The ultimate goal is to promote a community of flintknappers and preserve these ancient skills for generations to come. This event is free and open to the public and will be held at the museum site. And although the Gatherings are free, please RSVP for planning purposes two days ahead by calling Leslie at 427-8373.

This program is made possible, in part, with public funds provided by the New York State Council on the Arts Decentralization program, administered locally by Arts of the Southern Finger Lakes, Corning. The Newark Valley Historical Society is host. Visit to learn more.

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