Building With Flint

David Smith
The use of flint is uniquely interlinked with the history of mankind. In the evolving relationship between humanity and the natural world, the provenance of flint as a resource is, arguably, unparalleled. Its continuing use today is simply another link in a long chain of association that can swiftly transport the craftsman back to his ancient ancestors. In historical terms, humans were relatively quick to discover the usefulness and versatility of flint. It offered itself up readily, rising to the surface of the land. But perhaps part of the enduring fascination we have for flint is that it does not easily give up its secrets.

Building with Flint is not only a comprehensive exploration of the history of flint and its traditional uses, properties and applications, but is also an invaluable practical guide for practitioners currently working in the professions of construction, architecture and design. As well as providing detailed insight and advice about good practice in flint work, it also inspires the reader to employ flint in innovative and versatile ways. In addition, this book is for anyone who is simply curious to unearth more about this versatile material and all its quirks and nuances.
Building With Flint by David Smith

About the author

David Smithset up The Flintman Company in 1988. Initially trained in the conservation field, his work continues to preserve traditional flint techniques whilst also seeking to explore the material’s use through contemporary design and architecture. His practice has evolved to include projects in the UK and abroad, most recently in Japan. The Flintman Company acted as flint consultant and contractor for the influential 2015 RIBA House of the Year winner, The Flint House, and has since been involved with numerous other award-winning projects.

Press Reviews

This book is a most useful introduction to the history and use of flint in its regional variations, and it is comprehensive in covering the contemporary supply of materials, techniques of construction and methods to match and repair older buildings. It is essential for conservation specialists, craftspeople and anyone tempted to commission or build in flint.

- Jane Kennedy, Context.