The Museum at the Bighorns will host a free flint knapping demonstration with local flint knapper Rick Laurent on the museum porch Saturday, August 22 from 2-4 PM. Laurent’s main talk will begin at 2 PM, but visitors can come and go as they wish.
“A number of people reached out to the museum saying they loved the demonstration that Rick gave at the museum in July, so we’re excited to have him do another demo,” said Jessica Salzman, collections manager for the Museum at the Bighorns.
Laurent worked for the US Forest Service for more than25 years and retired as an archeologist. He has a degree in anthropology from the University of Wyoming. It was while working with colleagues that he learned the skill. After long days in the field doing anthropology and archaeology work, the crews would gather around a fire to relax. A professor and some others who knew how to flint knap taught Laurent, and he has been honing his skills ever since. He loves the anthropology component and also the aesthetics of flintknapping.