SPALLS - Year 2016 - Update in Progress
SPALLS - February 2016
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If you, or someone you know, has an e-mail address and did not receive SPALLS in February or July, e-mail the address to Jim Keffer. I have several unverified email addresses at this time. If you have received a verification email from me please reply - I need the updates!
SPAM PROTECTION: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 – Important Please READ
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.
As most of you know, 2015 was a banner year for the Puget Sound Knappers Association. Membership reached 625 members by year’s end and we’ve already added seven new members in 2016.
Attendance was up at every knap-in I attended and broke records at Bitterroot and Ft Knapadonia. Our knap-ins were such a great success, as measured by the fun and enjoyment everyone experienced, that several of our members are working on adding new knap-in. Look for them in the events sections!
Just to repeat - we’ve added a new section to the website – ‘Interesting Places’. This section is located in the ‘Interesting Stuff’ section (which will be re-organized in the near future). This section will highlight and provide information on places that may be of interest to flintknappers – museums and such. Already we have information on the Cashmere Museum and the Wenatchee Museum, with plans to add features on the Howard Dolph Museum in Rufus, OR and the Favell Museum in Klamath Falls, OR (largest collection of arrowheads in the world).
This section will be a ‘member’ participation section – if you are a PSK member and you visit a place you think may be of interest to other PSK members, please write up a brief report (with photos if possible) and send it to the webmaster at: .
As announced in the last issue of SPALLS, we’ve purchased an Automatic External Defibrillator (AED). This device, for those who may not know, is designed to automatically detect and, if necessary, defibrillate (shock) someone whose heart is not functioning properly as in the case of a heart attack. Used in conjunction with CPR administered by a trained individual, this device reduces death by heart attacks by as much as 50%.
The device we purchased is a Philips HeartStart Home Defibrillator. As custodian, Jim Keffer will see to it that it gets to each knap-in, either personally or by shipping it to the knap-in host – provided there will be someone in attendance certified in CPR/AED.
Although we’ve received pledges for most of the cost of the device, we hope to get more members to donate, both to cover the cost of the device, the cost of shipping and training for individuals who volunteer to be trained on CPR/AED/First Aid. If you can help by donating and help get the word out (it will be on the) please let me know at: . If you already have access to one of these machines, please let me know that as well.
We are asking everyone who has current CPR/AED/First Aid or Wilderness First Aid certification to let Jim Keffer know so that we can provide this information to each knap-in host.
In January 2016, Jim Keffer took the Red Cross First Aid/CPR/AED Instructors course and the PSK became an ‘Authorized Provider’ of this training to PSK members. The intent was to offer this course for free but the Red Cross requires a standard $27 processing fee for the certification cards and to maintain the records. However, for the PSK the Red Cross has reduced the cost to $10 so the course will be $10 plus the cost of material (disposable masks and gloves and training kit, less than $5). Voluntary donations to help cover the cost of the training equipment – CPR manikins, AED Trainers and Participant Manual will be accepted but not required.
If there is sufficient interest, Jim Keffer will conduct a class (takes 5 - 6 hours) at the Glass Buttes Knap-in. This will require a DVD player, HD TV, AED, CPR manikin and classroom (I have a 10’ x 20’ fully enclosed carport canopy) so let me know if you’d like to attend this class. Anyone interested in this class should contact me at email@example.com.
In Memorium – Rest in Peace Sunny Higgins
Finally, the terribly sad news that Sunny Higgins, wife of PSK founder Joe Higgins and co-host of the Ft Knapadonia Knap-in, passed away on January 29, 2016. For those of us who knew and loved Sunny, it is an enormous loss. Her behind the scene contributions to the Puget Sound Knappers had an significant impact on the course of the PSK and its success.
ANOTHER NEW MILESTONE – PSK REACHES 633ACTIVE MEMBERS (and still growing!)
In spite of the sad loss of Sunny Higgins, the PSK continues to grow by leaps and bounds. Just since the last SPALLS issued in November 2015 we’ve had 21 new members join!
New since November 2015
*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.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 This note is a basic reminder that the PSK and all of the knap-ins are paid for either by direct donations or auctions of donated items and community points, and competitive knapping contests. The expenses to the host of a knap-in are not trivial, running into the hundreds of dollars. To insure the continuation of our knap-ins and in particular the largest knap-in in the PNW – the Glass Buttes Knap-in, it is important that all knappers contribute what they can. The cost of Porta-Potties alone at Glass Buttes can run between $600 and $800 including toilet paper. We must make sure that whoever arranges and pays for the Porta-Potties is adequately compensated.
Weekly Fort Knapadonia Knap-in
There is a knap-in each Wednesday from 8:30 am 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 have been 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 - 9:00 pm. The location is Frank's home - 803 S. Edison in Kennewick, Washington.
This is a new group founded by four PSK members in the Tri-Cities area. There are about a dozen 'regulars' 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: Frank Olmsted: Phone - (509) 783-2798, Email
Announcing the South Whidbey Island Monthly Knap-in
Starting February 11, 2016, long time PSK member Dave Tiller will be hosting a monthly knap-in at his place on Whidbey Island. This knap-in will be 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.
Dave has a large 3-bay garage/shop and will be providing a pot of chili and plenty of coffee!
Directions: From the mainland (Seattle) Get on I5 and drive to Mukilteo, WA and take the Mukilteo Ferry to Clinton, WA (So. Whidbey Island) On exiting the Ferry you will be on SR 525. Go North to Campbell Rd and continue to Maxwelton Rd. Take another left on Maxwelton Rd and go to Wildes Rd and turn left. Go to the first house on the left. From the north Whidbey Island Get on SR 20 and drivesouth, SR 20 becomes SR 525 Continue on SR 525 to Maxwelton Rd and take a right on Maxwelton Rd. Go to Wildes Rd and turn left. Go to the first house on the left.
Future Events Schedule for 2016 PSK Sponsored Events*
Future Events Schedule for 2016
PSK Sponsored Events*
1. Cabin Fever Knap-in – Granite Falls, WA February 6th (firstSaturday in February – the day before Super Bowl Sunday)
Cabin Fever Knap-in Announcement – Granite Falls, WA Dave Pehling and Jim Dennis kick of the 2017 Knapping Year once again with the first official PSK knap-in of the year. Held at Jim’s shop in Granite Falls, this knap-in has been for years the best cure for Cabin Fever! Typically lunch features wild game chili (elk, deer, etc.) it draws both the hardcore PSK knappers as well a fair crop of noobies. So come on out and help us start the new year in style! It will be at Jim Dennis' house in Granite Falls as he has a large walled-in workshop that we can heat and use as we like. Dave’s contact information: From North or South
Cabin Fever Knap-in Announcement – Granite Falls, WA
Dave Pehling and Jim Dennis kick of the 2017 Knapping Year once again with the first official PSK knap-in of the year. Held at Jim’s shop in Granite Falls, this knap-in has been for years the best cure for Cabin Fever! Typically lunch features wild game chili (elk, deer, etc.) it draws both the hardcore PSK knappers as well a fair crop of noobies. So come on out and help us start the new year in style!
It will be at Jim Dennis' house in Granite Falls as he has a large walled-in workshop that we can heat and use as we like.
Dave’s contact information:
From North or South