SPALLS - November 2016 - Current Issue
Distribution of SPALLS is available to any viable Email or Snail Mail (USPS) address. Many of the PSK knappers with only snail-mail address are not receiving SPALLS. For those of you that are receiving SPALLS via e-mail, please notify these snail-mail knappers to send a letter with their mailing address to:
THE POLICY IS: If you send your e-mail address Jim Keffer at there is no charge for SPALLS. If you do not have an e-mail address and want SPALLS by snail-mail, you must send a mailing address – and pay to cover the cost of printing and postage. Due to the increase in postage cost ($.92/Spalls) and the cost of printing ($2.00/SPALLS), I can no longer send them out for free. Twenty-seven mailings cost $243/year.
If you, or someone you know, has an e-mail address and did not receive SPALLS in June, e-mail your address to Jim Keffer. I have several unverified email address at this time. If you have received a verification email from me please reply - I need the updates!
Several of our subscribers have not been getting the SPALLS issue via e-mail. Please check your SPAM protection. I think that some of your SPAM protection is eliminating the SPALLS message. One of the checks for SPAM is the number of multiple issues from the sender. If your protection checks this, the SPALLS message will be tagged as SPAM. In some cases, the message is only tagged. In others, the message is deleted. Subscribers to “hotmail”, some of the hotmail accounts bounce SPALLS because of server space. Be sure to empty your server often.
I also make it a policy never to give out member contact information unless specifically authorized. That includes email and resident/mailing addresses and phone numbers. Every email I send out to more than one or two addressees is sent out using the blind copy feature (bcc) which hides email address.
SUMMARY (and a note from the editor and webmaster):
For those of you who do not have access to the internet at home and receive SPALLS via snailmail, I strongly encourage you to visit your local library and visit our website ‘http://pugetsoundknappers.com’. I can’t possibly put everything in a newsletter, particularly all the great photos I’m provided from our events. Every public library I’ve visited in the last 5 years has computers with internet access for public use. And all have librarians that are happy to assist you in navigating the Internet.
Jim Keffer will be offering basic First Aid/CPR/AED and Wilderness and Remote First Aid classes starting Jan 2017. In addition to being certified as an Instructor, Jim has the training aids and shop space to teach classes of up to eight individuals. The Basic class runs 6-8 hours, and the Wilderness/Remote class will run 16 hours over a two day period. Jim has negotiated with the Red Cross for a special rate for PSK members of $10 for Basic First Aid/CPR and AED certification. The cost for the Wilderness and Remote First Aid will be similar. All those wishing to take the Wilderness and Remote First Aid class must be First Aid/CPR/AED certified.
Jim has recently also been certified as a Washington Hunter Safety Instructor and will be offering classes in Hunter Safety for certification. If you are interested please contact Jim (see Sammamish Weekly Knap-in for contact details).
The TREND continues! Membership grew to over 690 active knappers and again attendance at PSK Knap-in set records! We’ve added several new artists, musicians and primitive skills students and practitioners. All welcome additions!
ANOTHER NEW MILESTONE – PSK REACHES 692 ACTIVE MEMBERS
Membership continues to grow – I guess flintknapping is catching on! Most of the new knappers I’ve spoken with or gotten to know via email say the main reason for joining is the ‘culture’ of the Puget Sound Knappers. PSK member’s willingness to share what they know about the ancient art and the way we conduct our activities not only encourages people to join but to participate in these activities. I believe that throughout 2014 (and beyond) we will continue to see more like-minded people join our community of knappers – or as Steve Allely so aptly put it ‘our family’.
New since July 2016 (partial list)
*PSK Point Display Project*
For those that don’t know already, the PSK Point Display Project is well on its way to becoming a real show piece for the Puget Sound Knappers.
The Case is complete and there are about 100 member points already donated. Unfortunately, I haven’t had time to take individual photos for the website or even mount all of the points in the case. But I’m working on it!
To view the points photographed to date go here (I’m way behind here): http://www.pugetsoundknappers.com/about_us/PSK%20Point%20Collection.html
Upcoming Events – Note: Since SPALLS is published only three times each year, changes/updates to the schedule of events will be posted on our website http://pugetsoundknappers.com
Also – some of the knap-in dates are tentative. The hosts will try and nail down specific dates but circumstances may dictate changes. I
If you have attended or know about an event involving knapping let me know. I’ll either publish it in SPALLS or put in on the PSK Website.
Note from the publisher - With concurrence from the Council of Elders
Weekly Fort Knapadonia Knap-in
There is a knap-in each Wednesday from 8:30am until sometime in the afternoon at Fort Knapadonia on the north end of Whidbey Island (see the website’s Annual Fort Knapadonia Knap-in announcement for directions or see below in the annual Ft Knapadonia announcement for contact information). While there are usually 12-14 knappers attending, from novices to master knappers, we are seeing up to 16 and sometimes more knappers attend. Dr. Joe Higgins hosts and provides expert knapping lessons. The regulars also provide lessons, loaner tools, free rock and safety gear – safety glass and nitrile-coated gloves. Brunch or lunch is usually provided by the regulars as well.
**Note – please contact Joe Higgins (360) 720-0025 or Jim Keffer (425) 503-4413 if you’d like to attend and you are not one of the regulars – if the weather is bad (usually is) – we knap indoors and there is limited room. We always try and make room! Joe has also been opening the shop on Saturdays – just call ahead to make sure!
Weekly Sammamish Knap-in
Jim Keffer, PSK Webmaster, is hosting a weekly knap-in each Friday between 9:00am and 3:00pm at his shop in Sammamish. Everyone is welcome and the shop can easily accommodate more than 25 knappers. The shop is well heated and we now have plenty of chairs! There is free rock, loaner tools, safety glasses and gloves for everyone. Coffee is provided and there are usually a number of senior PSK members attending to help instruct the ‘noobies’.
Tri-Cities Bi-monthly Knap-in
The Tri-Cities Knappers host a bi-monthly knap-in Kennewick, WA. The knap-in is hosted by Frank Olmsted and Marvin Barger the second and fourth Thursday of each month from 5:30pm - 9:00pm. The location is Frank's home - 803 S. Edison in Kennewick, Washington. This is a group founded by four PSK members in the Tri-Cities area. There are about a dozen 'sregulars's and forty-one who attend when their schedule permits.
Their goal is quote "to help all new or experienced knappers, who are interested in this art form". They also offer private session of Video Tutorials and One-on-One instruction!
To find out more contact:
Announcing the South Whidbey Island Monthly Knap-in
Started February 11, 2016, long time PSK member Dave Tiller is hosting a monthly knap-in at his place on Whidbey Island. This knap-in is held the third Thursday of each month from 4:00 pm probably till 8:00pm or 9:00 pm after the first one on February 11th.
From the mainland (Seattle)